The spring beauty is an absolutely adorable spring flowering plant that stays low to the ground and brightens up the garden with its cup shaped white and pink striped blossoms.
Spring beauty can be introduced to the lawn as an excellent native alternative to the crocus. Found in large groupings in both sun and dappled shade, C. virginica blooms for a brief time before dying back to allow for later growing plants to shine.
A perfect early spring burst of color provides a much needed food source for hungry pollinators.
Native People and early Colonists would collect the underground tubers to roast and eat, the corms having a chestnut-like flavor. In fact, the entire plant is edible, root to blossoms. The roots are not tasty unless cooked and can be used like (very small) new potatoes. All the parts above the ground can be eaten raw or cooked.
Source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
Claytonia virginica (Spring beauty)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION:
More details coming in May
type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade, shade water needs: average, moist height: 5" plant spacing: 4 per square feet bloom time: April, May, June bloom color: pink
good plant companions
hepatica, trout lily, wild ginger
Edible tubers + foliage. The tubers are delicious cooked like potatoes. The entire plant above ground is edible either raw or cooked. Endangered in Massachusetts deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)