Spring beauty is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring. This is a North American native that can create a large carpet of beauty when well-established in its preferred locations such as a moist woodland setting or meadow. The plants grow from seed or tubers and produce long, narrow leaves and delicate stems of white flowers with light pink veining in the petals. The flowers close at night and reopen in the morning.
Blooming so early in the spring, before many other plants have yet emerged, makes spring beauty a very popular attraction for bees, especially the spring beauty bee (Andrena erigeniae). Spring beauty bees are a type of mining, ground dwelling bee that counts on spring beauty flowers for pollen. After the flowering period ends, spring beauty continues to grow leaves and produce seeds for a while before going dormant for the season in late spring.
Spring beauty tubers are safe for humans to eat but given their very small size, they would not make a very practical food source for people. The tubers are enjoyed by small mammals, like chipmunks and mice.
Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Plant in groups for the most striking display.