Every Spring, the Cherokee Indians would trek up the mountains to reach the fields of white. Not snow but Spring Beauties! As far up the slope as eyes could see were millions of blooming little white flowers no more than four inches high. Each blossom would be streaked with pink or lavender emanating from a yellow center. It was not the blossom that brough the Native American, but the undergroud rhizomes which could be baked similar to a potato. Here is my number two wildflower – The Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) and it explodes over the hills and valleys of the Southern Appalachians in the middle of March – a true harbinger of Spring!
Three companion wildflowers found in mid-March are The Harbinger of Spring (above), the Toothwart, and one of my favorites – the Hepatica.
Many homeowners in the Southeast find Spring Beauties in their front yards in March and the seeds can be harvested and sown in rich soil and as a perennial, it will provide years of Spring heralding blossoms