As the common name says this is indeed a beauty of the springtime! Flowering before the trees are leafing out, the pink or white flowers with pink veins that are glistening in the spring sun – a treat after the long winter months! After setting seeds, it retreats in the soil for the rest of the season. Virginia spring beauty is common in southern and south-central Ontario and Native Americans employed the corms in traditional medicine and also as a food – actually the whole plant can be used for consumption.
Germination: seeds may be sown fresh or stored moist and sown throughout the season until late fall (requires a warm-cold cycle for germination).
Harvesting is very tedious because the capsules mature gradually, so this is a species we prefer pre-orders.