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Why should the beautiful die?


Spring Wildflowers of the Stream Valleys

Stream valleys with precipitous slopes—too precipitous even for Pittsburghers to build on—cut through the city and suburbs everywhere. In the spring, wild woodland flowers take advantage of the last few days before the leaves come out and the shade closes in. These flowers all grew within a few yards of each other in the Squaw Run valley.

Trillium grandiflorum, Large-Flowered Trillium

Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells

Claytonia virginica, Spring Beauty

Phlox divaricata, Blue Phlox

Trillium erectum, Wake-Robin (white form)
[In an earlier version of this article, this was misidentified as Trillium cernuum.]

Tiarellia cordifolia, Foamflower

Viola pallens, Northern White Violet

Viola pennsylvanica, Smooth Yellow Violet

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