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Common Alpine Wildflowers of Mount Revelstoke National Park

Spring beauty (Clatoynia lanceolata) Spring beauty (Clatoynia lanceolata)

Spring beauty is a spring ephemeral – it comes up as soon as the snow melts and within 2-4 weeks it blooms, produces seeds and stores enough energy for the following spring. It can even use its energy reserves to produce heat and melt through the last of the snow. This early and quick life-cycle allows it to avoid competing for sunlight with the larger, leafier plants.

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