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4-28-15 mystery photo2 050What flowering plant starts out looking like this, and within days develops into one of our most familiar spring ephemerals? (Guesses can be made under “Comments.”) Tomorrow’s post will identify today’s.

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65 responses

  1. Linde McNamara

    Skunk Cabbage? Linde

    Sent from my iPhone

    April 29, 2015 at 7:14 am

  2. Lucy

    Bloodroot!

    April 29, 2015 at 7:15 am

  3. Nan Childs

    Bloodroot…. already blooming down in Massachusetts.

    April 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

  4. Angella

    BLOODROOT

    April 29, 2015 at 7:24 am

  5. Nannette Orr

    Bloodroot >

    April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

  6. Jennifer Waite

    bloodroot!

    April 29, 2015 at 7:31 am

  7. carol stanley

    jack in the pulpit?

    April 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

  8. Roseanne Saalfield

    Mayapple

    April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

  9. Bloodroot! We’re a ways away in Calais.

    April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

  10. Midge

    Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

  11. David

    Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 7:35 am

  12. Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 7:38 am

  13. denney morton

    Trillium ?

    April 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

  14. ellen walter

    bloodroot?

    April 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

  15. barbara

    marsh marigold

    April 29, 2015 at 7:57 am

  16. Galen

    bloodroot? jack in the pulpit?

    April 29, 2015 at 7:59 am

  17. Ann hargraves

    Rhubarb

    April 29, 2015 at 8:02 am

  18. June Horst

    Shunk cabbage

    April 29, 2015 at 8:04 am

  19. susan hayward

    Sanguinaria canadensis

    April 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

  20. Joanna Frodin

    I Think it is rhubarb.

    April 29, 2015 at 8:17 am

  21. Debora Cherington

    is it bloodroot?

    April 29, 2015 at 8:25 am

  22. Penny March

    I’m obviously a sleepyhead, as the earlier online bloodroot answers have flooded your comment box. Just back from SC-weather there as weird as it was in VT. Have you found any evidence of botanical shifting as there has been with the avian shift northward?

    April 29, 2015 at 8:29 am

    • Not that I’m aware of, Penny, but a true, blue botanist would know!

      April 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm

  23. Nick Krembs

    bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

  24. Looks like bloodroot.

    April 29, 2015 at 8:40 am

  25. Betsy janeway

    Bloodroot of course! We have had ours in bloom for 3 days now, a great carpet of bloodroot. My favorite spring flower. It spreads and spreads each year, more and more.
    betsy

    April 29, 2015 at 8:40 am

  26. Finally, a mystery I know the answer to–bloodroot! I love that flower!

    April 29, 2015 at 8:41 am

  27. Janice Vien

    Bloodroot coming up?

    Janice Vien RN The Yoga Connection LLC http://www.yogaconnection.us 603-863-1798

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    April 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

  28. Peggy Timmerman

    Bloodroot (sanguinaria canadensis)

    April 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

  29. Let me add my voice to the chorus: bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis).

    April 29, 2015 at 8:52 am

  30. Marilyn

    Oh! My reaction was jack-in-the-pulpit. But the leaf it totally wrong!

    April 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    • Marilyn

      Jack isn’t exactly ephemeral! Brain hasn’t engaged yet.

      April 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

  31. janetpesaturo

    Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

  32. sue gerry

    is it rhubarb?

    April 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

  33. Sally

    Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

  34. Catherine Fisher

    Bloodroot!!

    April 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

  35. Frances Henry

    Sanguinaria canadensis, commonly known as Bloodroot or Mayflower

    April 29, 2015 at 9:18 am

  36. Ed Parsons

    bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 9:20 am

  37. bloodroot?

    April 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

  38. gail page

    May Apple??

    April 29, 2015 at 9:34 am

  39. Penny March

    Hope you are taking out a rubber yoga mat to lie on for these photos-wet knees and tummy otherwise. Nice picture!

    April 29, 2015 at 9:54 am

  40. jan gendreau

    looks like bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 9:55 am

  41. Michelle saurette

    Skunk cabbage

    April 29, 2015 at 9:57 am

  42. Bloodroot, otherwise called Papoose Flower due to the protective wrapping look of the leaves around the emerging flower.

    April 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

  43. Bobbie Rausch

    Blood root

    April 29, 2015 at 9:59 am

  44. Jean

    Rhubarb!!

    April 29, 2015 at 10:04 am

  45. Irma Graf

    BLOODROOT!

    April 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

  46. Rosemary Putnam

    It’s rhubarb!

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    April 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

  47. viola

    Bloodroot! Yea! spring has come!

    April 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

  48. Easy-peasy, bloodroot!

    April 29, 2015 at 11:11 am

  49. Laurie rountree

    Bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

  50. Rachael Tolman

    Bloodroot. Love it!

    April 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

  51. Bloodroot!

    April 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  52. I am pretty sure it’s BLOODROOT! I’ve got lots looking like that right now :-)) In fact I don’t know what else it could be!

    April 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  53. Jenny Sawyer

    Perhaps bloodroot, but not yet here in my Portsmouth garden.. Thanks again Mary for the delight you bring to so many…Jenny Sawyer

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    April 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

  54. Susie Peters

    I’d say bloodroot.

    April 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  55. Sanguinaria canadensis (Blood-root).

    April 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  56. Jean Harrison

    bloodroot

    April 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  57. Dean and Susan Greenberg

    Bloodroot – already blooming on Rice Road

    April 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  58. Luane Clark

    Marsh Marigold?

    April 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    • Luane Clark

      Yes, now that I see all these comments and check my old reliable guide…bloodroot!

      April 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  59. Rebecca

    bloodroot.

    April 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

  60. Tamara lickfield

    Bloodroot?

    April 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm

  61. My guess is Twin leaf Jeffersonia diphylla, maybe because of the red tint to it

    April 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  62. Brad Wheeler

    Bloodroot?

    April 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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