From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
March 2018 Issue


Pinkish flowers in green grass.
Noppadol Paothong

Wild Guide

Spring Beauty

Claytonia virginica




About 5 inches during flowering



This well-named plant provides a bounty of beauty in the woods as well as in open areas and yards. Found, often in abundance, in open woods, fields, valleys, suburban lawns, and sometimes rocky ledges, this is Missouri’s most widely distributed early spring flower.

Life Cycle

Spring beauties bloom from February through May. Stalks bear several flowers branching from the main stem.

Ecosystem Connections

Early spring risers like spring beauties offer a welcome dietary boost for many animals, from insects to birds to mammals.

Did You Know?

Native Americans were the original locavores, or wild foods enthusiasts. They knew the value of spring beauties for their potato-like corms and edible leaves.

Also in this issue

A baby deer curls up in the grass

The Kindest Care

Focus your love for wildlife on improving habitat and preventing conflicts.

A family stands on a walkway at a nature center.

Nature Staycations

MDC’s regional media specialists share their top picks for getting into nature without going far away.

The agent class of 2017.

The Best Woman for the Job

MDC seeks qualified women to serve as agents.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen

Staff Writer - Larry Archer
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Creative Director - Stephanie Thurber

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler