Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Beauty

With two inches of wet snow on the ground this morning, Erika and I find it hard to remember that we came upon Spring Beauty during our 11 April 2011 stroll in the Cannon River Wilderness Park.  This wildflower is mentioned in Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha as "the earliest flower of Spring-time" (Coffey).

Wild Spring Beauty grows in most of eastern north America.  This plant can be cultivated and even grown like crocuses in lawns. According to Coffey, The roots, when boiled in salted water, are nutritious and have a chestnut flavor.

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