Friday, April 22, 2011

April 5, 2011 - River Preserve County Park - Benton Spillway

River Preserve County Park is a well kept secret.  The linear park, along the Elkhart River and adjacent canals, has several nice wildflower spots.  One such place is a small woods just south of the Benton Dam, which is east of the parking lots at the Benton Spillway section of the River Preserve.   On April 5 only Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa), Harbinger of Spring (Erigenia bulbosa) and Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)  were in bloom, but soon there will be many others.

Siberian Squill, a non-native garden plant that has naturalized in some woods

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