Steershead

Genus Dicentra
Fumitory Family (Fumariaceae)




Steershead -- Salt Lake County, Utah


Steershead
(Dicentra uniflora)

This tiny plant is only 2 or 3 inches tall. It grows in oak and maple groves, but blooms early in the spring while the soil is still moist and before the trees have any leaves.

The flower is about a half inch long. The two inner petals are closely cupped around the stamens and pistil, while the other two petals curve outward like little horns.