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Shooting StarThe pink flowers of shooting star (dodecatheon amethystinum) are a highlight of a long walk in the woods; the blossoms are held aloft by stems that are one to 2 feet tall, making them especially easy to spot.
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Yellow Wood AnemoneYellow wood anemone (Anemone ranunculoides) are up and flowering in the spring before most of the season's other plants.
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Trout LilyA trout lily (Erythonium americanum) offers gorgeous spotted foliage, which disappears soon after the yellow bell-shaped flowers bloom.
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Whippoorwill TrilliumMost trilliums have white flowers that fade to pink, but whippoorwill trillium, or Trillium cuneatum, flowers in vivid maroon; its blossoms emerge in the center of three large, mottled leaves, which are especially stunning en masse.
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Erythronium 'Pagoda'Dramatic yellow Erythronium 'Pagoda' is a good garden neighbor for the straight-species Dutchman's breeches, recognizable by its white two-spurred flowers.
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Epimedium x rubrumEpimedium x rubrum, an excellent ground cover, has yellow and red flowers.
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Epimedium FranchetiiEpimedium franchetii, a Chinese species, has yellow and green blooms.
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Epimedium x CantabrigienseThe salmon-pink flowers of Epimedium x cantabrigiense dance amid emerging foliage.
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Epimediums En MasseAt the former garden of epimedium expert Harold Epstein in Westchester County, New York, Epimedium x cantabrigiense was favored as a great edging plant and grew into huge swaths.
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Rhododendron AugustiniiSubspecies of R. augustinii and R. concinnum flower in different colors.
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Rhododendrom CalostrotumBurmese and Chinese native R. calostrotum ssp. calostrotum 'Gigha,' a low-growing evergreen with small gray-green leaves, is perfectly scaled to rock gardens. Its rose-crimson flowers appear in mid-spring.
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Ostrich FernOstrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), an aggressive northeastern native with deciduous fronds up to 4 feet tall, often naturalizes in woodland areas.
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Little Hard FernLittle hard fern (Blechnum penna-marina), a small evergreen creeper, has fronds less than 8 inches long.
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Trillium OvatumA lovely seed-grown version of Trillium ovatum.
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Trillium ChloropetalumThis variable species, with flowers of yellow, brownish-red, or translucent burgundy, is found along the West Coast and is seldom damaged by frost.
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Trillium Chloropetalum 'Pale Pink'T. Chloropetalum 'Pale Pink' is a lighter-colored form of the species that may complement some garden designs better than the strong-colored version.
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