|Cardamine concatenata~ Cutleaf Toothwort|
I remember being charmed by the nodding bell flowers on that long ago spring morning. It was blooming here and there on the edges of the then grassy area. Growing near it were other wildflowers~Columbines, Trillium, Dutchmen's Breeches and Spring Beauty. It's been more then 25 years and my spirits still lift when I see the first spring blooms of the toothworts.
|Cardamine diphylla~Broadleaf Toothwort offers winter color|
If you look closely a the flowers of toothwort~You can see their mustard family four petaled, pink or white cross shaped flowers. The nectar of the flowers attracts honey bees, bumblebees, Mason bees, Cuckoo bees (Nomadine), Miner bees, Green Metallic Bees and other Halictid bees, and Andrenid bees. You know that makes me happy!
Welcome to Clay and Limestone's Wildflower Wednesday celebration. WW is about sharing and celebrating wildflowers from all over this great big, beautiful world. Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please add your url to Mr Linky and leave a comment.
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.
Such a delightful wildflower Gail.ReplyDelete
I love the colour and bell shaped blooms, they remind me a little of our native bluebell.
I remember so well when we first moved into the farmhouse, walking the garden that first spring and being so excited as the spring flowers arrived. It is such an exciting time.....like you though, it still thrills me to see the start of another season and all the beauty that it offers.
Dear Gail, the wildflowers that find us, rather than us finding them are the best! Your toothwort is charming, I love those nodding bells. There may be a place for a plant such as that somewhere in Fairegarden-NC. :-)ReplyDelete
I did a post on these plants about a year ago, found a valley full of them. Also reported to be a host for the Falcate Orangetip butterfly.
Ah, the lovely toothworts... a funny name for a beautiful flower!ReplyDelete
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I have not seen this wildflower in my woods. I will look for it this spring but it probably likes that clay soil which you are so famous for in your garden.ReplyDelete
Such a pretty thing, too bad it would hate my garden. Anything that needs it moist just won't work here.ReplyDelete
Gail, those are such beautiful captures of delicate little lovelies. Their common name is so sweet - I wonder if it was used as remedy for tooth pain?ReplyDelete
Very lovely Gail. I don't grow Toothwort but think I need to try. I wish some would come find me.ReplyDelete
Those little bells are charming. I have to tell you that the PPP that you sent last year has stayed evergreen here. I was amazed. I didn't know they did that. It is now peeking out from under the melting snow. Ican't wait to see it bloom.ReplyDelete
Making it a garden resolution for this year to join you each month.ReplyDelete
I love wildflowers and will start posting to the meme next month...ran out of time this month...lovely posts from everyone!!!ReplyDelete
Lisa, I am so glad Phlox pilosa is happy in your garden That's one of the many reasons that it's Practically Perfect! gailReplyDelete
Your picture are a delight to see.ReplyDelete
They look lovely! I'm sorry that my conditions are too dry!ReplyDelete
We have the cut-leaved toothwort in our Minnesota woods. A great wildflower indeed. Thanks for highlighting these.
This is a new wildflower to me, Gail, but I can see why you are so taken with these lovely nodding blooms.ReplyDelete
Oh my, I completely forgot it was time for Wildflower Wednesday! I'm afraid I've run out of unused photos from the summer, and there is nothing at all blooming outside in the snow here. I'll try to get creative and join you again in February!
Nice! Not much happening here yet. This cold seems to be keeping the vegetation fairly dormant.ReplyDelete
Gail on your last line that you put in to thwart the feedscrapers make your webpage as active link. That way if someone happens to land on their illegally stolen content pages that person can find his or her way home!
Thank you! Those grow wild all around our property, but I never tried to track down the info. Glad to know "who" is growing where our meadow meets the wooded edges.ReplyDelete
Lovely photos! I so enjoy learning about plants that live elsewhere...I've never heard of that before.ReplyDelete
What an odd name for such a pretty flower. I loved your metallic bee post and this flower is a favorite, good to know. You got some stunning images of the Toothwort, very nice.ReplyDelete
It is a charming little flower. I must pay more attention to our way back woods...ReplyDelete
Gail I am a big fan of Toothwort too. I have the Cutleaf species. Your photos are so lovely!ReplyDelete
What a sweet little bloom, I will have to keep my eyes peeled for one in my garden...who knows what will pop up this spring?ReplyDelete
Dear Gail, This is a lovely post! I love how your wildflowers introduce themselves to you! So sweet. Toothwort somehow does not seem worthy of such a delicate beauty! Your photos are really capture the charm of this plant. I am so weary this week from painting . . . I will be late with my wildflower post . . . that will be wild but not quite flowery. I hope that is OK!ReplyDelete
A totally lovely post,ReplyDelete
A beautiful wildflower! I love it.ReplyDelete
I'm participating for the first time in Wildflower Wednesday. I don't actually have any flower pictures, but lots of emerging foliage. I hope that counts!ReplyDelete
I love toothworts! Your photos of them definitely do them justice... thanks for drawing attention to their simple, graceful blooms.ReplyDelete
Such soft, delicate blooms Gail!ReplyDelete
OK, I've added posting on Wildflower Wednesdays to my blog list!
Hmmm.... lovely! And I'm certain it could do for me! I shall see if I can obtain seeds from overseas...ReplyDelete
Gail, you showcased such wonderful plants. I love this meme. I wish I had more natives to focus upon.~~DeeReplyDelete