One of the earliest signs of spring at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is the blooming of wildflowers. The wildflower season begins in early April, with different plants continuing to bloom throughout the summer. However blooming times can be affected by location and weather.
Wildflowers that may be seen include trout lilly, spring beauty, cutleaf toothwort, wild geranium, bloodroot, wild ginger, rue anemone, yellow violet, yellow adders tongue, cardinal flower, hepatica, jack-in-the-pulpit, goldenrods, ironweed, mayapples, and more.
Please do not pick the wildflowers! Picking wildflowers not only denies others the opportunity to admire their beauty, but it also threatens the existence of the plant, and is illegal in all National Park units.
Did You Know?
While a member of the West Point football team in 1912, Cadet Dwight Eisenhower played linebacker against the legendary Jim Thorpe of the Carlisle Indian School. Recalling Eisenhower’s performance years later, Thorpe remarked, “Good Linebacker!”