Spring Beauty

(Claytonia Virginica)

Spring beauty is, with skunk cabbage and hepatica the earliest flowering wildflower in our parks. From thin rounded tubers, hundreds, if not thousands grow all over Duff Park and are visible in a all other parks in small amounts. Some flowers have white petals with pink stripes and others may seem to pink petals with white stripes. The leaves are thin, green, linear blades of about 3 inches long. Since some spring beauty emerges already in February and other spring beauty germinates much later, we can see it in bloom from February until May.