Erigenia bulbosa

English name(s):
harbinger-of-spring; pepper-and-salt
Family:  Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Description:
Coming upon the white flowers of this native ephemeral in early springtime is a delight with lasting impression. Barely rising above the leaf litter, the diminuative appearance belies the hearty nature of a wildflower that dares to bloom at a time when many plants still remain nestled underground.
Habitat:
observed along woodland edge
Notes:
erigenia = born in spring + bulbosa = bulbous, swollen
Additional notes:
The other common name pepper-and-salt is a good description of the contrast between the dark red to black color of the anthers and white flowers.


photograph courtesy of Lisa K. SchlaG

field notes archive:  Jackson Field post

state of Ohio:  county distribution map

 

Plant identification
The Ohio State University Herbarium:
Ashtabula County, 15 April 1891, collector:  Sara F. Goodrich voucher specimen
view additional voucher specimens and related information

Newcomb's:  Key Group no. 534, p.224

Historical description:
A Spring Flora for High School, Henry C. Cowles, Ph.D. and John G. Coulter, Ph.D., 1915.

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 653.

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 653.

"The true harbinger of spring
is not crocuses
or swallows returning to Capistrano,
but the sound of the bat on the ball."

Bill Veeck (1914-1986), 1976  
former owner of the Cleveland Indians,
St. Louis Browns, and
Chicago White Sox



  


virtual herbarium sheet 000008
 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 8.iv.2014