Monday, April 9, 2007

04.09.07 FAIRY SIGN

Our search for signs of Spring on our Easter walk also turned up this beloved flower. Looking like fairy laundry hanging in the sun, it is named "Dutchman's Breeches" or Dicentra cucullaria. Its seeds are gathered like Easter eggs by ants who eat the tasty flesh attached to each seed. Then forgotten by the ants, the seeds sprout in the fertile detritus of the ant colony to increase the population of spring flowers along our mountain stream.

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