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One of Ohio’s prettiest spring ephemerals, spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) begins blooming in late March and is dormant by June. The delicate pink or white five-petaled flowers of the spring beauty are only about a half-inch in width, but they can be seen carpeting the floor of rich woods throughout the state. Its flowers, which only open in sunlight, are often found flourishing amid the forest floor’s brown, leaf-litter. Native Americans often ate the spring beauty’s small, starchy tubers. Its carpet of pink and white blooms is a common sight at many state nature preserves, such as Goll Woods in Fulton County, Sheldon Marsh in Huron County and Stage’s Pond in Pickaway County.
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