Wild Guide

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From Missouri Conservationist: March 2018

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.

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