Friday, February 12, 2010

Early green things.

Not a surprise, a hellebore. I don't know its name.
Update: likely Helleborus argutifolius (Thanks to Karen).


But this one seems early. It's the flower of sweet coltsfoot, or Japanese butterbur, or bog rhubarb, or fuki (Petasites japonicus). Compared to first sightings in previous years (mid-April to early May), this plant appears to be way ahead of schedule.

Here, appearing to be a separate plant altogether, is a Petasites leaf, at this stage only a few inches across. Leaves eventually get quite broad, a foot or more in diameter, and persist long after the flower has disappeared.

4 comments:

Karen said...

I just read someone else's post about her Corsican hellebore (H. argutifolius, as opposed to H. orientalis), they look similar to the one you show and she said their leaves are serrated and the flowers bloom in clusters. They also start blooming a little later than the orientalis. Does that fit?

randomtruth said...

All this warm weather is turning y'all into California! The native coltsfoot that grows here is at that exact stage in its growth...

Hugh said...

Karen, Thanks. I think that fits.

Ken, I spent two winters in CA, and at least one was a lot colder than this one has been here. This (lack of) winter has been insane. People in t-shirts watching the olympic torch relay.

Garden Lily said...

My petasites frigidus has been in flower already for a week or two... Looking back, in 2009 it was at this stage by end of March. So maybe 1 1/2 or 2 months earlier.