Twinleaf in Two Weeks

This plant goes from erupting to gestating seedpods in two weeks.

Twinleaf emerging. Photographed on March 30, 2023.

They pop up with flower buds, as do many spring ephemera, and rapidly unfurl. The rabbits don’t bother them; I have to wonder whether it is the anthocyanins that tint them red.

Within just a few days the leaves turn green and resemble butterfly wings. The buds turn white rapidly and open by midmorning one day.

Twinleaf flower buds, just about ready to open. Photographed on April 12, 2023.

The flowers were open before lunch.

Twinleaf in bloom. Photographed on April 12, 2023.

By the following evening, most of the flowers were gone. A few lingered a couple of days.

The plants spend the following month growing larger leaves and ridiculous seedpods. 

A twinleaf seedpod that is nearly mature. Photographed on May 13, 2023.

This year drought set in early, shortly after the plants eject their seeds, so the patch looks a little bedraggled. There are more photographs of twinleaf  from previous years in this blog, in eluding  a post about twinleaf at its silliest.