Early Nancies are everywhere this year

CONDITIONS: High and consistent rainfall throughout winter and spring is the reason why there's no shortage of early wildflowers, like the early Nancy, this year.

CONDITIONS: High and consistent rainfall throughout winter and spring is the reason why there's no shortage of early wildflowers, like the early Nancy, this year.

I have seen masses of early Nancies in the bush near our place, many more than in previous years. Why would this be?

F.T., Invermay.

The abundance of early Nancies and some other early wildflowers is probably due to this year’s above-average winter and spring rainfall. The early Nancy is a small native tuberous lily.  Like most plants, it produces more flowers in a season of adequate moisture.

The amount of flowers appearing this spring is certainly a dramatic contrast to the reduced number after last year’s dry winter and spring. The yellow star, which often accompanies the early Nancy in open areas, has also flowered well this year. 

Other species can be expected to behave similarly as the season progresses.

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