Apr. 15, 2017

bluebead lily, Clintonia borealis

Here are some more little bells to ring in spring. These bloom in damp, often coniferous areas in late spring. The half inch blue berries they produce are very bitter, and discourage most wildlife. There must be something that likes them, but my research has not come up with that answer. One item suggested that deer like the plants, but not specifically the berries. Clearly, some critter likes them well enough that the seeds get distributed. They grow in CT, GA, IL, IN(E), MA, MD(T), ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH(E), PA, RI, TN(S), VA, VI, VT, WI, WV, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SPM. Cheboygan Co MI, 5/25/12.