Mystery plant 020

This spring wildflower can be found throughout the eastern and middle portions of North America (excepting the deep South) — in woodland habitat.  When you can identify the plant, please provide both the common and scientific names in a comment below.  Also, share any personal stories you may have about this plant.


Sprouting of leaves


Young leaves


Mass of plants


Plant with developing flowers


Immature flowers


Clusters of flowers in varying stages of growth


Plant with mature flowers


Close view of single flower


Plant with cluster of fruits


Maturing fruits


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis)

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 020

  1. Eva says:

    Hmm. Dicentra canadensis or D. cucullaria? My guess is D. canadensis, squirrel corn rather than Dutchman’s breeches because of the rounded, rather than tapered spurs. However, both species have sympatric (overlapping) ranges and flower around the same time in early spring so they can be confused.

  2. Billie Keaffaber says:

    Looks like a bleeding heart plant sorry only know few common names not scientific

  3. ruth says:

    Oh!. Dicentra spectibilis. Bleeding hearts. Love the little guys in my shade garden. I first saw them wild in Washington state about 20 years ago.

  4. Angelyn says:

    Eva is correct that this is Squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis). It does look just like the bleeding hearts found in someone’s garden, as Billie and Ruth both noticed. However, the flowers are totally white — and a different species — in contrast to the cultivated bleeding heart flowers.

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