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Harbinger-of-Spring


Scientific Name     

Erigenia bulbosa Michx. Nutt

Family Name

Apiaceae (Parsley/Carrot family)

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flower

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich woods

Plant Height:  

to 25 cm; erect stem

Flower Color:  

white

Flower:  

complete; perfect; 5 white petals make 5 red/brown or blackish anthers stand out

Inflorescence:  

small umbels subtended by leafy bracts

Fruit:  

schizocarp; flat disk; cordate (heart-shaped) at base; notched at tip; ribbed

Leaves:  

1-2 cauline leaves are alternate; divided into narrowly lobed segments; entire 

Bloom Time:  

March-April 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

one of the earliest native bloomers in east central Indiana; only native flower of this genus to area; also call Pepper and Salt