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Spring Beauty Claytonia Virginica The Spring Beauty was used by Indians and Pioneers for many reasons They used it for food for example they ate the bulbs raw or boiled as a potato substitute The flavor is described as bland and as resembling chestnuts The leaves were nibbled when fresh and added to salad also a great feed for wildlife Spring Beauty can be seen between March and May in Minnesota south Ontario south Quebec south New England Indiana Through the Appalachians and westward It will be found in the rich soils of open woodlands The stem grows to be six inches tall This perennial is fragile and is easily broken The white to pink flowers grow towards the sun on the dark colored stem The petals are usually less than half an inch long Spring Beauty is known by many names such as Fairy Spuds Good Morning Spring Ground Nut May Flower and Wild Potato Sweet William Phlox Divaricata Sweet William is a thirty inch tall flower with green leaves and stem the petals are a blue to violet color It blooms in April through June Sweet William grows in South Minnesota Indiana southwest Quebec New York southwest Connecticut south to Missouri the mountains in Virginia and North Delaware It grows along streams on rich moist soil in woodlands and in the partial shade Sweet William is also known as Blue Phlox In early medicine the leaves were made into tea and used to cure eczema It was thought that it would purify the blood Blue-eyed Mary Collinsia Verna Nutt The Blue-eyed Mary is known by many names It is also known as Broad Leaf Collinsia and Innocence There are four petals on each stem The wildflower grows to be six to twenty-four inches tall The petals are usually blue and white The petals are two inches long and shaped like ovals with heart shaped ends April to June
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