Early Spring Wildflowers
Early Spring wildflowers, spring ephemerals, carpet the ground with white in forested areas of the Lower and Upper Arb from April to early May. Good places to see spring ephemerals are Stork Forest in the Upper Arb, Best Woods in the Lower Arb and the entrance to the Lower Arb near the tennis courts (refer to the Arb Map). These flowers will only last a few weeks and even the foliage of some dies back before summer, hence the term ephemeral.
Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria, blooming in Stork Forest in mid-April. Dutchman's Breeches are an early spring ephemeral in the woods of the Arb. They have funny shaped white to pink flowers that look like upside-down pants (hence the name). The flowers hang on an arching stem over lacy foliage. Look for this flower in Best Woods and Stork Forest from April to early May.