Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring Beauty/ Macro Monday

Fairy spuds

The striped blossoms of Carolina spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) measure only ½ to ¾ inch across and would be nearly hidden in the forest if they didn’t tend to grow in patches.
Spring beauties grow from underground tubers that look like tiny potatoes. In fact another name for this plant is fairy spud, which First Nations people and early colonists ate like potatoes. Apparently the tubers have a sweet, chestnut flavour.

Please note: Today's Flowers is the post below.

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32 comments:

see you there! said...

Fairy spuds? What a delightful idea. The flowers are delightful as well.

Darla

Gallicissa said...

A spring beauty indeed.
Very sorry our people are block your roads there!

B Squared said...

Another flower I never heard of. And a tuber to boot...ever tried one?

Shammickite said...

I've seen these little flowers but never knew their name.... very sweet.

mountain.mama said...

Beautiful picture of a magical little flower.

Small City Scenes said...

I love the name 'fairy spuds'. these also grow in my yard. I like any flower in my yard. MB

Kerri said...

Very pretty....and I LOVE the name!

Gattina said...

Beautiful picture ! Spring is the nicest season of the year !

Mamapippa said...

A very nice beauty and i my favourite color !

June said...

Such a pretty flower...your photo is wonderful!

BJ Roan said...

It looks like a very delicate flower. A real beauty.

Cezar and Léia said...

Another amazing picture!Stunning!
Léia

Tricia said...

They ARE a beauty, indeed!

cieldequimper said...

So sweetly delicate. Have you ever tried any?

judi said...

So are you trying organic gardening now? They are beautiful.

PERBS said...

What a pretty catch! Interesting facts about it also.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Those are very pretty and delicate looking little flowers.

Judy said...

I haven't seen spring beauties in years!! Maybe they do not grow in the Ottawa area. They are just breathtaking, though. Thanks for the memories!

Love the marsh marigolds, too. They are in this area, but I have not seen any yet this year!

Jacob said...

Most interesting...Not only are they pretty but edible. I was in a restaurant once where they served flowers...no, I didn't try them.

Are you planning to bite into one of these tubers?

Photo Cache said...

I like the name fairy spuds. I wonder if they grow around these parts. I haven't seen them.

Arent they delicately gorgeous?

ROSIDAH said...

What a lovely name and flower! Wow, not only looking good, but also tasting sweet... Don't know, if I would have the heart to eat them. Have a great week :)

lisaschaos said...

I see those in the woods and always love them but did not know their names. :)

Becky and Gary said...

Those adorable flowers are everywhere around here. They form a carpet on one of our nature trails.
B.

Sweet Repose said...

I see them all the time in the woods, but how sweet, Fairy spuds. I'm going to have to try these tasty morsels, thanks for the info...now I have an excuse to go mushroomin' too!

Rose said...

This is a beauty!

EastCoastLife said...

That's a pretty name for potatoes. I would like to taste them.

amanda guthrie said...

What a treat wildflowers always are but these simply lovely

Tammie Lee said...

beautifully captured! Ours are not blooming yet....

Marie Reed said...

That is just fascinating! Now I want to try one of these tasty tubers.. with a little butter:)

Leora said...

Love this. My kind of flower. Fairy spud. Great name.

CameoRoze said...

Gorgeous little striped flower.

Lovin' Macro Monday,
Cameo @-->-->---

jay said...

Those are lovely - and it's a great photo, too!

We have a very similar woodland flower, about the same size too. But it belongs in a different family, because the leaves are nothing like this.

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