Bloodroot blooms March–April. The flowers open before or just as the leaves start to unfurl. The flowers have 8–16 white petals of uneven size and length, and many yellow stamens. The flower is about 1¼ inch across. Because the petals are of uneven length, one often finds “square” flowers. Each flower lasts only one or two days.
The blossoms of blue cardinal flower have the typical lobelia shape, with a 2-parted upper lip and 3-divided lower lip. They can be 1 inch long, and the color is light or dark violet, light or dark blue, or lavender; rarely they are white.
Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea-flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods.
The flowers of blue false indigo are showy, blue to violet, and have the typical pea-family configuration. They are arranged on upright racemes that can be 12 inches long. This species blooms May-June.
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