I don’t know what these “weeds” are called. Some people around here call them Maypops ( but that’s not right. These are Maypops) They pop up all over the place in April. (I suppose “Maypop” sounds better than “Aprilpop”)
I had never seen them before we moved here and I immediately thought they were rather interesting – about 8 to 12 inches tall, just a single stem with one or two large leaves, like little umbrellas. But there’s more. Underneath the leaves, hidden from the eyes of adult humans is a very lovely little flower. It’s about two inches across. Each plant has only a single flower.
I think this is a perfect illustration of the fact that, while we may enjoy flowers, their purpose is not to please humans. This flower is pretty enough to be a garden plant but it never will be. This one is just for the bugs. And the fairies, of course.
Update: The common name is “Mayapples”. (See the comments.) Maybe I was thinking “Maypops” because they seem to pop up overnight.