Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica, is a small, easily overlooked, spring plant that is a surprisingly useful survival food if you are willing to dig for it. Medicinally, it has been used as a contraceptive and pediatric anti convulsive remedy.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your powder dry!
Spring Beauty Sources:
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