Virtual Naturalist

 



As we transition from this wonderful winter to spring at Blue Mound State Park there will be many interesting things happening.  The melting snow wakes up thousands of spring flowers. These small flowers, called ephemerals for their fleeting appearances, decorate the forest floor from late March to late May.  Below is a link to an identification page.  ( Note: the Hepatica in the park is Triloba, with smooth leaf edges and white to lavender flowers).  Remember, these plants are for viewing only, do not pick the flowers or dig them up.  Some are more abundant in the eastern part of the park than in the poorer soils on the Upper Mound.  Enjoy your visit to the park this spring.

Spring Ephemerals

If you would like to explore some other nearby natural areas, The Prairie Enthusiasts have a list of their permanently protected sites here. Nearby sites on their list include Erbe Grassland, Mounds View Grassland and Pleasant Valley Conservancy.