Morels

Morels

Obviously not a wildflower… but this mushroom character has to be included among my springtime posts because it is such a favorite.  We wait for morel season with great anticipation! So far, our most consistent observation has been that we find morels under dead or dying elm trees and under tulip poplars, but we’ve also found them growing in the grass, along hiking paths, and even in our garden! Morels are just delicious, and they are very easy to identify once you’ve learned how to spot them. The real trick is learning how to “see them” in the leaf litter on the forest floor because they totally blend in with their surroundings.

Locally around Blacksburg, the first morels of the season are usually spotted in early to mid-April.  Then, over the next few weeks, keep your eyes open whenever you are out walking in the woods!

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  1. Daniel McCarty says:

    I’ve had great success in the past at finding these in old growth poplar tree forest , when the poplar leaves are about the size of a squirrel’s rear foot . In addition , I’ve had some success in and around old growth apple orchards . Delicious may well be an understatement though . I really like your site , and plan to be a frequent visitor , so that I can re-familiarize myself with all the wildflowers and such . Thanks for making this available .

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