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We found the best beauty salon or spa in your town. Twice a month, Carolina Spring team members get their hands in the mud to participate in a season's worth of local construction activities, up to and including a 6’10” concrete addition and patio construction.Wildflowers of the Adirondacks: Carolina Springbeauty is a spring ephemeral that leafs, flowers, and sets seed in early spring to take advantage of the sun reaching the forest floor before the hardwoods in the canopy above are in full leaf. Carolina Springbeauty on the Heron Marsh Trail (8 May 2013).
The flowers are delicate and tiny, about half an inch wide, with five pink or white petals. The petals are accented with darker pink veins, giving the flower a candy-striped appearance. The flower has five stamens, each with a deep pink tip. Carolina Springbeauty is one of the earliest plants to flower in the spring. A tally of flowering dates compiled by Michael Kudish for the upland Adirondack areas, based on data collected from the early seventies to the early nineties, lists the earliest flower date as 16 April, the median date as 3 May, and the latest date as 21 May.I was hiking along the Silver Creek Trail at Jay Cooke State Park and stumbled upon these little beauties! I took a picture and put it as my phone wallpaper. It had been bugging me not knowing what these were but I found them on this website! I found many that had that same pinkish striped pattern, but none matched until I found this Carolina Spring Beauty! If you come across these, be sure to snap a pic!
The leaves help Carolina Spring Beauty to make the most of the short spring of its native range, which is primarily northerly or in upland areas, from Ontario to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in Canada, south to the New England states, through the Appalachian mountains as far south as Alabama and Georgia, and in northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. They are not found in the places I frequent in New Jersey or southeastern Pennsylvania, so it was pretty exciting to see them.The second type of Spring Beauty is the most common one–it is called Virginia Spring Beauty or just Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). Here, the leaves are quite different from the Carolina species. They are long and narrow, and somewhat grass-like. The white to pink petals of the flower are lightly etched with pink veins. It is also known as “wild Potato” because the round corm of the plant is edible. See the images below and note the thread-like (or strap-like) leaves. (Source: virginiawildflowers.org)