In the spring, look down at the forest floor to see small, native wildflowers. Cut-leaf toothwort, pennywort, yellow trout lily, bloodroot, Virginia spring beauty, and showy orchid are all common. These woodland flowers need a forest habitat to survive and depend on the trees surrounding them for nutrients. They bloom in early spring and soak up as much sunlight as they can before the leaves of the large trees grow and shade the forest floor.
Virginia pennywort (Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A Virginia spring beauty (Megan McCabe/NOAA).
Bloodroot (Martha Johnson/Courtesy of Maryland DNR).