Early Spring in Bird Hills

This is Bird Hills, Huron River Watershed, southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Early Spring, Bird Hills

Does anyone recognize this flower?

Winter Aconite (Eranthis  hightails). Big thanks to Chris Stier and Tim Dykema, who helped me identify this flower.

Here's another view of the same flower.

Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)


Thanks to Tim Dykema for finding this illustration.


The trout lily leaves are in focus. They look a little like trout viewed through water, don't they? Yellow blossoms to come.

These trout lily (Erythronium americanum) leaves are in focus. They look a little like trout viewed through water, don’t they? Yellow blossoms to come.

Skunk cabbage blossoms emerging from soggy ground.

Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) emerging from soggy ground.

By |2015-04-20T02:09:34+00:00April 17th, 2015|3 Comments


  1. Kim Laird April 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    One of the set of leaves looks like a wild geranium leaf, which are native to Michigan. It is possible there is more than one flower & leaf type in those pictures, so it makes it hard to zero in on the exact one. You might try the wildflower id program. http://www.realtimerendering.com/cgi-bin/flowers.cgiThese were suggested by a wildflower id program: Wild Oats/Sessile Bellwort (photos)
    Perfoliate Bellwort (photos)
    Trout-Lily (photos)
    Yellow Iris/Water Flag (photos)
    Larger Blue Iris (photos)
    Wild Iris/Blue Flag (virginica) (photos)
    Dwarf Lake Iris (photos)
    Stargrass (photos)
    Yellow Lady’s-Slipper (photos)
    Hoary Puccoon (photos).

    • Alison Swan April 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kim. I’m really grateful to have your ideas. I’m pretty sure that’s not a wild geranium leaf. Bird Hills will be full of wild geraniums later. I’m familiar with and have photographed all of the others, too. I’ve hunted around online quite a bit already. I’ll have to consult my field guides as soon as I can get my hands on them. The mystery of the yellow flower deepens!

    • Alison Swan April 20, 2015 at 1:52 am - Reply

      It’s Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). Thanks again for your ideas!

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