By Marcy

Hurray, it’s Spring! Here are some early blooming flowers to enjoy.

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Winter Aconite is often seen blooming through snow in February even before crocus make their debut. Its whorled leaves form a collar beneath golden yellow buttercup-like flowers.

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Blood Root is a perennial plant with a white flower that blooms in early spring. It belongs to the poppy family (Papaveraceae ) and grows in wooded areas throughout the northeastern regions of the United States and Canada.

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Trillium are attractive spring wildflowers of the family Liliaceae (lily family), native to North America and E Asia. The leaves, petals, and sepals are characteristically in threes, and the single flower may be white, pink, dark red, yellow, or green.

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Christmas Rose – Hellebores are noted for their early blooming, particularly the black hellebore or Christmas rose (H. niger), with evergreen leaves and white or greenish blossoms that resemble wild roses

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Lily of the Valley – Lilies of the valley live in shady places and have delicate bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers growing on a stalk between two shiny leaves.

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Skunk Cabbage is our first almost-spring wildflower. It thrives in out-of-the-way wet pockets of woodlands.

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Columbine – Popular both as wildflowers and as garden flowers, Columbines have delicate and attractive foliage and flower petals with long spurs that secrete nectar

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Creeping Phlox – Blooming in blue, pink, reddish-purple or white, creeping phlox is always a welcome sign of spring. Mowing or shearing the plants as soon as blooms fade is usually all it takes to keep the moss-like, evergreen foliage handsome year-round

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Primrose is recorded from late Middle English and means literally ‘first rose’.

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Periwinkle, also called creeping myrtle (Vinca minor /Dart’s Blue), spreads rapidly to form a low, evergreen ground cover

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Sweet Woodruff (Asperula odorata) is an excellent choice for shady spots and damp areas. In late spring, the herb produces loose sprays of white flowers above a drift of narrow, whorled leaves.

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Bishop’s Weed – This ground cover with lovely variegated leaves will tolerate any type of soil, sun or shade, and doesn’t mind being moist or dry.

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Redbud – A tree that is covered along the branches in the early spring with deep rose or (rarely) white flowers resembling pea blossoms.

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Daffodils – their bright yellow flowers are associated with the approach of spring.

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Tulips have deep, cup-shaped blossoms of various rich colors.

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Crocuses – these lilac, mauve, yellow, or white blooms are cultivated for their showy, solitary flowers, which are among the first to appear in the spring. www.dictionary.com.

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Grape Hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) bring early spring color to perennial flower beds and borders. The small flower spikes are covered in small, grape-like blooms and are often the first plants to flower. http://homeguides.sfgate.com

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