Ramps on their way out

Ramps (Allium tricoccum) are a spring ephemeral plant. They emerge in early spring from rich forest soil before the tree canopy has leafed out. So ramps are an opportune species that take advantage of the early, warm, spring sun before much of the rest of the forest floor herb layer and tree canopy emerges.

For this year, it seems that most ramps are done or almost done. With the onset of warmer weather and the closing in of the forest canopy ramps are beginning to die back. Many plants have set a flower bud (a beautiful dark red tear-drop shape) and many leaves are yellowing and dying back.