Your difficult job is to save the delicate native Trout Lily by pulling out the dominant Lesser Celandine and its bulblets. Its speckled leaves remind me of fishing for brook trout with my grandfather deep in the Adirondack forests.
This cheerful flower, also known as Fig Buttercup, was brought from Europe as an ornamental. It creates a dense carpet (check out its sturdy, overlapping leaves) that prevents native ephemerals like trout lily, bloodroot and wild ginger from surviving. I know it’s cute but be strong!