Apr. 22, 2017

spring-beauty, Claytonia virginica

Taking a spring break from ethnobotany today. Although these did find uses among the Cherokee and Menominee. A couple of days ago Paul invited me to go up by Ann Arbor to see a great batch of spring-beauty he found many years ago. See the blog for the fun story of that discovery. These pretty little flowers are a symbol of spring for many people. It's not unusual to see them growing in shaded yards, where they make a beautiful display before the grass gets too long. The flowers are often more white than shown here. The tubers are edible, and were called fairy spuds. These grow in woodlands in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA(E), MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI(X), SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 4/24/11.