Spring Beauty

Starting in late March and running through June, the ephemeral Spring Beauty can cover wooded hillsides in patches of pink and white. The plant grows from tubers, or corms, beneath the ground. First flowers usually open when the stalk is about two inches tall, but the plant soon unwinds with as many as 12 more flowers. The five petals of each flower are typically white or pink. The amount of pink varies quite a bit from flower to flower, so a patch of spring beauties in bloom may vary in appearance from very white to quite pink.

This image was obtained at Powers Bluff, a Wood County (Wisconsin) Park.

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