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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Among the earliest blooming plants found in the central and eastern United States. The Spring Beauty thrives in lawns, pastures and other clearings, forming whitish pink masses on the dead brown grass. The beautiful, small one half inch, white flowers are streaked with pink and have pink stamens.

As with the Henbit, the appearance of the Spring Beauty is a welcome sight to winter weary eyes and hungry insects.

The roots of the Spring Beauty, have a small, bulb-like tuber called corms, which reportedly taste like chestnut and were used by Native Americans and early settlers for food.

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