Spring Ephemerals

Help us celebrate warmer weather and longer days by seeking out these short-lived wonders.

Spring ephemerals are nature’s reward for surviving winter. Spring ephemerals emerge during the transition from winter to spring. Spring ephemerals are an indicator that spring is on its way. These unique plants thrive under unusual conditions. They need to complete their life cycle before they lose access to sunlight. They only have access to sunlight for a brief period of time - they get shaded out by tree leaves once spring is in full swing. The Southeastern United States is home to several species of spring ephemerals. Help us show appreciation for these phenomenal plants while supplementing our database of herbarium specimens.  

How to Participate

This project has the following active expeditions:

Expeditions % Complete Join In
Violets of the Southeast   99.51% Notes From Nature V2  
North Carolina University Vascular Plant Herbarium 
Ali Touloupas 
Contact Title
Chief Mobilizer  
Organization Website
Project Partners
Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) 
Funding Source
National Science Foundation under award 1410069. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  
Geographic Scope
Worldwide with an emphasis on southeastern North America 
Taxonomic Scope
Temporal Scope
Language Skills Required
North Carolina, southeastern United States 

Heat Map of Collection Location of Transcribed Specimens