Ephemerals are plants that bloom early in the spring, and their foliage dies back completely after the plant has completed its bloom-thru-seed cycle. These woodland ephemerals emerge when the spring sun warms the ground through the yet bare trees. Most ephemerals, especially those in bare root form, are best planted in fall. A fall planting gives the roots time to establish, and allows the plants a strong start the following spring. When ephemerals are planted in the spring, they most likely will not bloom until the following year.