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Valerian Plant Seeds

Valerian Plant Seeds

Valerian Plant Seeds

Also called Dog Tooth Violets, these lovely spring ephemerals are just what you need to see after a long, dreary winter. White Trout Lilies are spreaders. Their underground roots will bud off new plants and in only a few seasons, a couple plants can spread into many. Trout Lilies offer pollinators a much needed meal during a time when little else is available. What is even more impressive is the impact that Trout Lilies can have on their neighbors. Known as the vernal dam hypothesis, research shows that spring wildflowers like Trout Lily actually serve as nutrient pools for the entire forest. Without plants like Trout Lily, spring rains would saturate the soil, where it would then run off into local waterways, taking with it valuable nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Because Trout Lilies grow well at low soil temperatures, they actually take up nutrients that would otherwise be lost during this time. When the warmer summer weather hits and the leaves die back, they then release a lot of nutrients back into soil where vigorously growing plants are ready to take it up. By choosing Trout Lilies for your landscape you are giving back to the surrounding plant communities more than you may realize!.

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In mid-summer, trout lily goes into dormancy and the foliage dies back. Trout lily makes up for its sporadic bloom by being long-lasting and spreading into large colonies over time. Trout lily is also a good addition to pollinator gardens. It attracts mining bees (Andrena erythronii) that pollinate other spring-flowering bulbs, ornamentals, trees and shrubs, as well as berries.Trout lily is a native American woodland plant with nodding yellow flowers between March and May. It’s an ephemeral bloomer—trout lily produces only one flower per plant, few of the plants bloom at all, and not every spring—but the mottled foliage, which resembles the markings of a brook trout and gave the plant its name, are an attractive seasonal groundcover.

Recognized by Its Brown-Mottled Leaves, This Is One of Our Most Common Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers, and It Is Found in Sizable Colonies. the Common Name ("Dogtooth Violet") Refers to the Toothlike Shape of the White Underground Bulb. the Name "Trout Lily" (a More Suitable Name Since the Flower Is Not a Violet) Refers to the Similarity Between the Leaf Markings and Those of the Brown or Brook Trout. the White Dogtooth Violet (E. Albidum) Has Narrow, Mottled Leaves and White, Bell-Shaped Flowers, Often Tinged With Lavender on the Outside. It Is Found From Southern Ontario to Georgia, West to Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma, and North to Minnesota. Minnesota Adder's Tongue (E. Propullans), Found Only in Minnesota, Has Pink Flowers and Produces a Small Bulb Midway up the Stem.Trout Lily Is Both Medicinal and Edible. the Leaves Have a Very Mild Flavour and the Flowers Have a Slight Sweetness Due to Their Nectar and Are Also Slightly Acrid. the Corms Are Edible As Well and Have a Cucumber-Like Taste. Trout Lilies Are an Emetic (makes You Throw Up), Therefore It Is Recommended Not to Eat Mass Quantities of These in One Day. You Can Add This Plant to a Salad or Eat Them As a Trail Snack. You Can Also Make a Tea With the Flower, Leaves or Corm (or All). Collect Enough Corms Then They Can Be Roasted. (Source: Www.ediblewildfood.com)

 

 

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