Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Wildflower: Cut-leaf Toothwort

On Sunday Meg and I took a nature walk together at the old Occoneechee Speedway Park. This was one of the first two NASCAR tracks that opened in 1949 and it closed in 1968. Our parks have been working on preserving it.

Last year our first visit there we saw thousands of Cut-leaf Toothwort, Cardamine concatenata just past its prime. So we hoped to see this  spring ephemeral fresher this year. Well I think we hit the target this year. Below are some examples of what we saw.

You don't normally see such full blooms like this one!
More of a normal plant, see the cut-leaf leaves?
Some plants can have a purple tint, not many were this purple.
These two Trout Lilies were trying to out show the Cut-leaf Toothwort. Lots of Trout Lilies were seen as well!
Thousands of Spring Beauties were seen as well. Normal Spring Beauties have five petals like these. On another post I'll show some with six, seven and nine petals.

Meg also found a Letter Box hidden under a hollow tree, we looked it up at http://www.atlasquest.com/. The box had a handmade stamp of a 49 Oldsmobile the first car the win a race at the speedway! There was also the letterbox with stamped notes from others that had found it.


Janet said...

Looks like your timing was good for such spring beauties. I like the idea of keeping the old raceway as a park.
What fun to find a hidden treasure. Good for Meg.

Chandramouli S said...

The blooms look lovely. It's a pity that god didn't feed it a lovely fragrance equaling its beauty.

Di said...

Randy, I haven't thought of a Cut-leaf toothwort for, well, I won't say how many years, but I was in the 7th grade; our biology teacher taught us about wild flowers and a few of us were entered in an identification contest at the local university to compete with other jr high students. I still have the book I won. Thanks for bringing back that flower.

Cyndy said...

Thanks for this post - I think I've seen this one growing here in Connecticut. You captured some beautiful examples!

eric @ my First Garage said...

Were you looking for the letterbox, or did you just stumble upon it? I've been searching for one for months here in Austin, and still can't find it.

tina said...

Double bonus on this post for me! I was wanting to see the cutleaf toothwort. It's lovely. Mine hasn't bloomed. That letterbox is way cool! I've never found one. Did you look for it and know it was there? Is it like geocaching?

Southern Lady said...

How cool to find the letter box! I love posts of wildflowers. When I find them, I always have to search to find out what they are. Thanks for the lesson. Carla

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Very nice! Our California Toothwort (Cardamine californica) has a very similar flower to your Cutleaf Toothwort, and seems to range from near white, to a pink blush, and occasionally lavender. It looks so lovely growing wild en masse, and we have quite a bit of here on the property.

Randy Emmitt said...

Eric, Tina

Meg just stumbled into the letter box. I looked them up online and I know where another is, I can see it in my mind, too easy.

Gail said...

Fantastic! I love these native wildflowers and have never seen a cutleaf that purple! Lucky find! Interesting about the letterbox...must visit site! gail

Cameron said...

Those flowers really say "spring" for our area!

I have so many Johnny Jump-ups and I want to leave them. Wildflower or weed? They are listed as both, depending upon the source. I think they're cute.

sweet bay said...

Sounds like a wonderful place for wildflower viewing! I love Toothwort. Beautiful shot of it with the Trout Lily.

Anonymous said...

You capture the beauty of blooms! I always love your pictures. What a fun adventure-G

Kim and Victoria said...

What gorgeous flowers! Do they grow wild?

Corner Gardener Sue said...

You have lots of blooms! I love those early spring ones. I don't see trout lilies here.

There is another blogger who does the letter box thing. I'm thinking it's Donna, who has the grandson Phillip.

We got up to 80 something for the first time today. We're expecting another tomorrow, then in a few days the high is predicted to be 67. Well, at least spring is here, and the plants know it.

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