American pussy willow, Salix discolor, can be found blooming this month. With silver-gray, fuzzy catkins appearing before leaves emerge. Another identifying feature is its dark-gray bark.
Native across the US, this shrub or small tree can be found in marshy areas, stream banks, and other low ground places. It is especially important for wildlife early in the season and attracts butterflies and native bees.
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Fig buttercup, Ficaria verna, was introduced in the US as an ornamental plant. It is common in wet floodplains and other marshy areas. It has dark green, kidney-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers.
It poses a threat to native spring flowering plants, emerging quickly and forming a dense blanket blocking assess to light.
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