I had half an hour between appointments and while it was a tad breezy, the light was perfect. I headed to College Park to see if any new spring flowers had popped open.
Yellow Mandarin is also known as Fairy Bells. The Latin name I found in the most places was Disporum lanuginosum which is most likely what your flower field guide will list. The USDA also lists Streptopus lanuginosus and Prosartes lanuginosa with the latter being the preferred name. How’s that for confusing? At any rate, they all seem to agree that Yellow Mandarin is in the Lily family.
The yellow-green bell-like flowers dangle beneath the leaves and would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for them. In late summer, if all goes well, you’ll see bright orange-red berries where the flowers used to be.
I could find no reference to this berry being edible by either humans or animals. Strange… Usually you can find someplace that will tell you who eats it!
More bells tomorrow…