"One of the earliest properties in Michigan protected by The Nature Conservancy, the 80-acre Robinson Woods Preserve in Chikaming Township features steep slopes cut by streams that run through virgin and second-growth forest on former agricultural lands and floodplains."
Near the parking area there were trillium, not blooming.
Leaves of the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) Orchid. We should come back here in July- August to see these bloom!
A brand new False Rue Anemone (Enemion biternatum)
So even though Robinson Woods is an interesting place, I think we were a bit early for spring wildflowers. I was excited when Marie suggested we go to Dowagiac Woods next, my favorite place for spring wildflowers. We traveled through Three Oaks, then Niles, Michigan. We came across Losensky Park (, , ), we were here a few years ago. Nice little park next to a dam on the Dowagiac River, but the footbridge was closed. Still we saw wildflowers (weeds to some) blooming!
Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) Figwort Family.
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Next Dowagiac Woods...
Located in Cass County, Michigan and owned by Michigan Nature Association.
Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis acuta or Anemone acutiloba) Buttercup Family. Although Skunk Cabbage blooms earlier in the spring, hepatica is more like what we think a spring wildflower should be, - small, delicate, and pastel colored.
These are all hepatica, we actually saw hundreds of them, different colors, and shapes, from 5 to 12 "petals". The petals are actually sepals.
For me the hepatica was the best part of the day, or month for that matter. They were standing so tall, and were very delicate, and colorful.
We also saw Purple Cress (Cardamine douglasii) Mustard Family.
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Fumitory Family.
Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa) Carrot Family, we saw hundreds of these blooming too, they were everywhere!
We saw a handful of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Poppy Family.
Trout Lily ( Erythronium americanum) Lily Family, we saw only a few blooming.
Just two Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) blooming, beautiful color. Buttercup Family.
Trail through Dowagiac Woods, below a bumble bee...
The bridge along the trail at Dowagiac Woods...
Never have I seen this many hepatica blooming at the same
time, it was a real treat. Thanks, Marie, for taking me there.