Wildflowers in bloom at forest preserve

BLOOMINGDALE – The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is encouraging residents to stop and smell the wildflowers.

Striking displays of springtime blooms are currently blanketing the county’s woodlands, according to the district. They won’t be there long, however.

According to Scott Kobal, the district’s plan ecologist, it could be a shorter than normal season for spring wildflowers. False rue anemone and large-flowered trillium’s are blooming now. Jack-in-the-pulpits, May apples, red trillium’s, Jacob’s ladders, wild hyacinths and a few others might be flowering through the end of May.

“Favorable weather conditions, including the warmer temperatures we’ve recently experienced and an abundance of moisture in the soil, have led to large patches of flowers sprouting up in many woodlands,” Kobal said.

One forest preserve of particular note is Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale. The area west of Bloomingdale-Roselle Road, has the largest populations of red and white trillium’s in the region. Visitors are invited to hike a loop through the area via the half-mile Savanna Trail.