Image: Mike Habeck

Pepper-and-Salt is an early spring wildflower. It occurs in a irregular region centered around the Ohio River valley. Also known as Harbinger-of-Spring, it is a very small and inconspicuous plant that often emerges through deep leaf litter to offer an array of tiny white-petaled flowers to passing insects. Pepper-and-Salt is easy to miss, but well worth seeking out.

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A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything, living or dead, in all God's universe, which they cannot eat or render in some way what they call useful to themselves.
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