Spring Flower Mix

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Several small flowering plants are visible in the landscape this time of year. While they may be considered a weed, they are also an important food source for pollinators. They provide rich nectar to many of our bees, butterflies, and flies. Here are some that you may be seeing:

Tiny Bluet, Houstonia caerulea
Native, herbaceous, perennial wildflower.

Photo of Tiny Bluet plant. Small four petal light blue flowers.

Photo credit: Kathy Sill
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Wild Violet, Viola
Herbaceous, native perennial with delicate flowers and heart-shaped leaves.

Photo of Wild Violet flower. Violet/purple flower with large heart-shaped green leaves.

Photo Credit: Hope Duckworth
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Purple Dead Nettle, Lamium purpureum

Non-native winter annual in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Often confused with henbit.

Photo of Purple Dead Nettle. Plant with purple flowers and fuzzy green leaves.

Photo Credit: BerndH
CC BY-SA 2.5

Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule

Non-native, cool-season annual in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Chickens like to eat it. Often confused with purple dead nettle.

Photo of henbit. Plant with purple flowers surrounded by green leaves.

Photo Credit: F.D. Richards
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Hairy Bittersweet, Cardamine hirsuta

Non-native winter annual that is a member of the Brassicaceae (mustard) family.

Photo of hairy bittersweet. Green leafy plant that grows close to the ground.

Photo Credit: Kerry Wixted
CC BY-NC 2.0

Common Yellow Woodsorrel, Oxalis stricta
Native perennial that is easily recognized by heart-shaped leaves.

Photo of common yellow wood sorrel. Green plant that is recognized by it's heart-shaped leaves.

Photo Credit: J. Neal