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A small spring ephemeral of the the eastern deciduous forest that grows about 5 inches tall. The flower is whitish, sometimes with a pinkish tinge, and about .5-1 inches in diameter. Leaves have three parts.
Eastern deciduous forests in North America. A similar species is found in European forests.
This flower and its associated leaves and stems appear before the tree canopy leafs out so the plant can absorb as much energy as possible. By mid-summer the plant has died back to the ground and is difficult to find.