For the second year in a row, the winner of "First Flowerer" award goes to.... the Fewseed Draba (Draba oligosperma)! You heard right, there's activity on the green roof, of the flowering variety!
- Toughness - we're still getting snow here, and the highest temperature our weather station has recorded so far this year is a mere 58.3 degrees.
- Independence - this plant reproduces asexually! No other plants, no pollinators needed. Read more about it here.
- Cuteness - see how little this little guy is? It's about the size of a fifty-cent piece (do people still know what that is?).
|Fewseed Draba (Draba oligosperma) in bloom, April 30, 2013|
The Draba isn't the only one at the party, though it certainly started earlier than the others. There are few other plants starting to green up and/or put buds on - the usual early spring suspects.
Hooker's Sandwort (Eremogone hookeri) - see a specimen here
We are are just in the beginning of all of the action. Check back soon!
Written by Brenna Marsicek, Biodiversity Institute