First Wildflower Spotting of the Year

First Milkmaid, January 15, 2012

The first wildflower of the season was spotted Sunday in the ditch of our driveway: milkmaid. Milkmaid is a member of the mustard (Brassicaceae) family whose ancestor is a wild cabbage. It seems late arriving, but I see in our notebook that actually it is just in time! These are the dates in the past when it was first seen, always along a forest edge:

January 8, 2005 (Coyote Trail)
January 17, 2006 (Coyote Trail)
January 31, 2007 (Coyote Trail)
January 8, 2008 (Coyote Trail)
January 9, 2009 (Coyote Trail)
January 13, 2010 (Coyote Trail)
January 25, 2011 (Coyote Trail)
January 15, 2012 (Ditch along driveway)

Two of Milkmaid’s Relatives:

Broccoli

Cabbage