Wildflower Wednesday — Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

 


Photo credit, C Gracie.
The pink lines and yellow spots on this small flower serve as “nectar guides,” signaling to insect visitors exactly where they should probe for nectar.Spring beauty is a true ephemeral, completing the aboveground phase of its life cycle in a matter of weeks when it is able to take advantage of the sunlight reaching the forest floor. The food manufactured by spring beauty’s leaves in early spring is stored in small potato-like tubers underground to provide energy for next year’s early growth, giving rise to an alternate name: “fairy spuds.”

 
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by Carol Gracie

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