Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) grows in many types of habitats and is a lax or somewhat sprawling wildflower. It is sometimes called fairy spud, I suppose in reference to the corm it grows from. It is cheerfully spreading about in my wildflower garden, which makes me very happy.  The flowers are white with pink streaks. They are insect pollinated and the pink landing lines on the petals direct bumblebees to the nectar pot. They don't make good cut flowers because they wilt and die quickly when picked.

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