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The Mayflower (Trailing Arbutus, Ground Laurel) (Epigaea repens)

It is one of the very first wildflowers to be make its appearance in the spring. It creeps along the forest floor and its pink and white blossoms seemingly hide themselves from view underneath its oval, evergreen and leathery leaves. It is one of nature's most fragrant plants; put the blossoms to your nose and breath deep -- Ah! Spring has arrived. The Mayflower likes to grow in well drained acidic soil in open lands. The Mayflower is the floral emblem of the Province of Nova Scotia (1901) and the State Flower of Massachusetts (1918).
Note: Fergusson wrote an article on the Mayflower in the The Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly (NSHQ#4:1).

Image of the Mayflower.

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Peter Landry

2011