Spring Beauty
No need to plant flowers. Just look around as the woods are full of budding beauties. These small Sassafras trees are near Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. Their scientific name is Sassafras albidum, family Lauraceae. The bark is poisonous but the young roots may be used to make a tea. A spicy jelly can be made from strong tea with lemon juice, sugar and pectin. Green winter buds and young leaves can be added to salads. Sassafras extends across the eastern states to include parts of New York.