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Earlier this spring I came across this yard in Lawrence.

A closer look reveals a carpet of Spring Beauties:  Claytonia virginica  What a cool lawn.  That is my kind of lawn weed.

Ever since I saw a similar photo in Kansas Wildflowers by William Chase Stevens of Spring Beauties colonizing a lawn in Pleasanton, I’ve wondered about planting my own seed to create a similar lawn.  Now I have to try.  To that end I have been trying to collect seed–they are very small and they shatter easily.  I found that each flower can produce several seeds and each plant can produce dozens.  I tried to collect a few days too early, decided to wait and now I think I’m too late but I won’t be next year.

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