Look to the forest floor for small, native wildflowers, such as Cut-leaf Toothwort, Pennywort, Yellow Trout Lily, Bloodroot, Virginia Spring Beauty, and Showy Orchid. These woodland flowers require a forest habitat to survive, and are dependent on the trees surrounding them. They appear in early spring and soak up as much sunlight as they can before the large deciduous trees leaf out and cover the forest floor in shade.
Virginia pennywort courtesy of Maryland DNR
A Virginia Spring beauty. (Megan Ossman/NOAA)
Bloodroot (Martha Johnson/DNR)