Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pink Tinged Beauties

These tiny spring flowers, Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus) are a delight to see and smell. They're so unpretentious: low to the ground and only 1/2 inch across. The flowers lose their pink tinge as they mature; they no longer blush - I wonder if that's happened to me yet?

The Lady Bird Johnson wildflower site notes that 'one must search among the fallen leaves in early spring' to be rewarded with the beauty of this hidden gem - so go out, and get down on your knees to smell them! They're sort of jasmine-like in their perfume.

(This pic was awarded an Honorable Mention at ELA's 2021 Spotlight on Natives contest.)

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