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The Jacksonville Woodlands are awash in flowers. Pink-purple shooting stars line some of the trails, while showy white trilliums and softer white cat’s ears light up the shady areas. Look for the hounds tongue,small flowers with hues varying from pink to deep purple.

You can’t miss the stars of the show, the fritillaria, with their red bell-like flowers. Both the scarlet fritillaria (below left) and the rarer Gentner’s (below right) are blooming now. As always, be aware of poison oak – it too is abundant. And please leave all the blooms for others to
enjoy as well.