Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
The early flowering of this small woodland plant is great for pollinators including honey bees, bumblebees, carpenter bees, mason bees, cuckoo bees, Halictid bees, and Andrenid bees. Because Spring Beauty can survive in more degraded habitats compared to most spring-blooming woodland species, it is still relatively common to see wild populations throughout the Midwestern and Eastern US. The flower color is pale pink from a distance but a close look reveals five white petals striped with pink.
Sun Exposure - Shade
Soil Moisture - Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 5 inches
Bloom Time - April, May, June
Bloom Color - Pink
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon.