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Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica. The photo is highly enlarged, the flowers are only about a half inch in diameter. Other common names for this plant are Virginia Spring Beauty and Fairy Spuds. Spring Beauties grow from small tubers in very early spring. The leaf pairs are grass-like and blend in with other grasses (where they sometimes like to grow). Spring Beauties grow in open woods, meadows or even lawns. A large patch grows on the edge of the Wildflower Trail parking area.