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April 23, 2007



Larry, they are welcome burst of early green in our woods and wetland margins, particularly when just about everything else that is green under the trees is an introduced invasive species. The trillium compete with garlic mustard and cannot win that battle. The shrubby honeysuckles and barberry hog the sunlight filtering through the leafless trees before our native deciduous shrubs. I do hope you get to encounter ramps in your rambles. They are a grand treat to behold.

Larry Ayers

I have yet to see a ramp. The ancient edition of Flora of Missouri I use shows it growing in a few Missouri counties, one being Pike County, about twenty miles south of Hannibal, where I live. Along with many other Appalachian plants and trees, Allium tricoccum migrated into the Ozarks after the retreat of the last glacier 10,000 years or so ago. I live on the edge of the plant's current range, but maybe someday I will encounter some!

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