Mild February Resulting in Early Flowers
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Harbinger Of Spring.
Chris Benda/Botanist/Illinois Native Plant Society President.
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The Start of Trillium Trail at Giant City State Park. Photo Taken Friday February 17th, 2017.
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Unusually mild temperatures are causing some early spring wildflowers to come to life. Jennifer Randolph, Natural Resources Coordinator at Giant City State Park says she has already seen Harbinger of Spring in bloom at the park. "It's a very very tiny little white flower and it's kind of got a little pinkish tint on the inside but they are very small a lot of times you'll have to look under the leaf litter," Randolph adds.
Another early spring plant is the Spring Beauty. Even though Randolph has never seen any of these Spring Beauties in bloom in February, she adds ". . .but again, with the unusually warm weather that we're having there's a very good chance that we'll start to see them pop up soon as well."