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Forests cover most of the province of Nova Scotia. In these woodlands, often nearly hidden with fallen leaves, grows a dainty, little plant with a delicate, spicy scent – the mayflower.
The mayflower is also called the trailing arbutus, and it delights nearly everybody who sees it. No wonder that in 1901 Nova Scotia adopted it as its provincial flower.
The mayflower is an evergreen with oval, shiny, green leaves and clusters of delicate, trumpet-shaped, pink flowers. It blooms in April and May in partly shaded areas.
This very fragrant plant grows a mere four inches high and spreads by shallow underground stems. However, it is a slow spreader because seeds do not form every year.
Nova Scotia woodlands and rocky, barren lands provide the perfect humus-rich soil for mayflowers to thrive. They grow best and are most commonly found in cool, acid soil that stays moist but is well drained. Like all native plants, the mayflower plant should not be destroyed or disturbed.
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