Theme and Variations: Spring Beauty

Claytonia virginica; Portulacaceae

Spring beauties, one of the earliest flowers to emerge,

spring beauty emerging

are in full bloom by the millions (no exaggeration) in the Carderock-Great Falls area.  Generally they bear five petals, but I’ve seen six to seven petals, too. spring beatuy 6 petals

The plants can be found singly or in large clumps

spring beauties clump

The color ranges from almost pure white,

to white with pink spots, to white with pink stripes, spring beauties

to pink and dark pink, with pink stripes. pink spring beauties

I love them even if they’re ubiquitous.

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