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Wild Ginger and Gaywings!

Wild ginger (Asarum spp.) has been spotted along the Twin Bridges trail and various hillsides around Shaver’s Creek.  Walk too quickly and you might miss it- the jug-shaped flower, found at the base of the twin heart-shaped leaves, is often hidden among leaf litter on the forest floor.

Gaywings, or fringed polygala (Polygala paucifolia), is in full bloom along multiple footpaths at Shaver’s Creek.  Look for brilliant displays of Polygala along the Point Trail.  While the petals are usually described as “purplish-rose,” the occasional (rare) flower is pure white.