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Harbinger-of-Spring - Erigenia bulbosa

"The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends." - Persian Proverb

The usually overlooked flower harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa) is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom in Ohio. Another common name for this plant is pepper-and-salt plant which refers to the black anthers and the bright white flower petals. Look for harbinger-of-spring in rich mesic woodlands, rocky bluffs, wooded slopes along rivers, and high quality deciduous woodlands. Good places to look for harbinger-of-spring are Gross Memorial Woods State Nature Preserve in Shelby County and Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve in Franklin County.

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