Secrets of the East Side: Spring Beauties


Is that snow I see on the ground in the Park? Is winter making another last gasp? Happily, no. It’s a display of a Missouri native, spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) in full bloom throughout the Park. Look for areas that seem to have a light layer of snow atop the low-growing turf and tiny emerging plants. It’s riddled with flowers that are a great pollen resource for our earliest emerging native bees and other insects. If you hold still and watch these little white flowers long enough for movement, you’ll likely see a bee or two collecting pollen on their hind legs.

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NatureSusan Van de Riet