Star of Bethlehem. This plant is highly invasive and–at the moment–outnumbers the dreaded garlic mustard on this section of the towpath.
This plant (purple dead nettle) is also prevalent along the canal. It has been around for a number of weeks, and I’ve noticed it (as a weed) in many yards in our hometown of Martinsburg, WV.
Dutchman’s breeches have been around for several weeks and occupy many large patches along the canal and river.
Blood root grew more sporadically in this area and is already gone. After a recent hard wind, petals from this flower were scattered.
Trout lilies have been around for a bit over a week. There are several patches of their “mottled” leaves in the area, but the immature single-leaf plants don’t produce a flower. The mature plants with double leaves produce this interesting looking specimen.
Virginia bluebells are generally blue, but we did see a single cluster with white flowers.
Bluebells in their more traditional color
Cut-leaf toothwort. They are fading fast!
The grape hyacinth was plentiful early on, but they are going, going, almost gone.
Garlic mustard is the most-hated invasive plant along the towpath.
And then there’s the dandelion. You would like to forget about it, but it won’t let you!