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First Blooms of Early Spring

Snow and cold doesn’t stop these brave flowers

close up of two snow trillium flowers

It’s Joseph here in Indiana! It is still early spring here, and after a mild winter the temps have turned cool again, slowing everything down—but the earliest bloomers are already getting started! The smallest blooms are worth celebrating this time of year.

close up of two snow trillium flowersThe first wildflowers are appearing in the woods. This is the snow trillium Trillium nivale (Zones 4–8) which, true to its name, blooms so early it sometimes gets covered with snow. It is much smaller than the normal trillium species that will bloom in a month or two, and the tiny white flowers are fragrant. It is quite a rare species, growing in only a few places in the country, so I was glad to find a beautiful stand in a local park.

fragrant amongst dried fallen leavesMore tiny snow trilliums!

close up of hepatica flowersHepatica (Hepatica acutiloba, Zones 3–8) is another early-blooming woodland wildflower. It is still early for them, and these were still in bud.

small hepatica flowers in full bloomBut here in a warm spot, hepatica blooms are fully open.

close up of tiny Pepper and salt plantEven tinier and earlier is pepper and salt (Erigenia bulbosa, Zones 4–9). Often blooming even earlier than the snow trillium, these tiny flowers are a welcome sign of spring, and a first source of food for pollinators coming out of winter hibernation.

close u of deep blue irisIn addition to the native early bloomers, some other plants are already flowering despite the snow we keep getting. Iris reticulata (Zones 5–9) is beautiful and so early. Good drainage helps it perennialize and come back year after year.

close up of bright purple primrosesI grew some primroses (Primula elatior, Zones 4–8) from seed and planted them out last fall. I’m happy to see them already blooming!

another close up of primrosesMore primroses

flurries of tiny snowdrop flowers in the gardenAnd, of course, the classic early bloomer, is snowdrops (Galanthus elweisii, Zones 4–8)


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  1. perenniallycrazy 03/22/2023

    So precious! Warms the heart and fills it with hope for the year.

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    simplesue 03/22/2023

    Beautiful observations of the tiny little beauties of spring! The Hepatica is so pretty.
    Your colorful Primrose photos and how you planted them last autumn has my interest for sure- I didn't know anything about them until now.

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    user-7007816 03/22/2023

    Fun to see early harbingers of spring. We had our first crocus pop up last week in central Michigan.

  4. btucker9675 03/22/2023

    Love!!! Have never seen snow trillium before - so pretty. Thank you for sharing!

  5. [email protected] 03/22/2023

    Thanks for the cheerful blooms! Snow trilliums are new to me, also. I am enjoying my early daffodils and watching the red flowering current get closer to bursting into bloom!

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