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Spring Beauty (Fairy Spuds) (claytonia caroliniana)

The spring beauty is a perennial plant, which, needless to say, blooms in the spring. At root level is a corm from which spring several stems stretching upwards to 12 inches. Half way up the stem will be found a single pair of linear leaves and at top, in season, white flowers, pink hued and pink veined. The spring beauty prefers rich hardwood lands as may be found in Annapolis and Cumberland Counties, and, northeast, through Pictou County, and then on over into Cape Breton. The spring beauty is to be distinguished from the wood sorrel. If you do the Cape Split hike hike between mid-May and mid-June you will see blankets of Spring Beauty under the hardwoods along with their neighbors, in a spotty fashion, the Purple Trillium.

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Peter Landry

(2011)