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Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty, Claytonia lanceolata

Spring Beauty blooming along Peek A Boo Lake Trail, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

This common woodland flower grows in moist rich soil in shady locations.  To refer to this as "Spring Beauty"  is all relative, as you will often find this flower blooming through July in higher elevations.  This plant can bare one to several 1 inch flowers.  The flowers have 2 cupped sepals and 5 petals of a white to pinkish color.  At the base of the flower it tends to be a more intense pink color with 5 stamens and 1 pistil which are quite notable.

The fruit following the flower of Spring Beauty, photographer Jenn Stimson

After the flowers a deep blue fruit appears, a seed capsule containing two seeds.  This flower comes up every year from a small corm once harvested by the native Americans.  The greens are a popular food of grazing animals and bears seek out the corms often times digging up large patches of these plants.

This is a common earlier wildflower in the Darrington area growing where it can get some shade in moist soil often up banks following streams & rivers.