The Mayflower (Epigaea repens) or Trailing Arbutus, is the provincial flower of Nova Scotia.
Early spring you can find these tiny pink flowers in many areas but they are very hard to find. It seems like you have to know where to look for them and when you do, you need to move away the foliage to see the flowers. My sister and I always go to the same place where we are guaranteed Mayflowers because it was where our mother went to pick them.
As a child, early May meant that Mayflowers would be arranged in a bouquet on the kitchen table. Their sweet aroma can really fill a room. I remember one time my parents heard on TV that Mayflowers were good to eat. Soon after wards, I’d pop a bloom or two into my mouth. One time I polished off an entire bouquet (except the leaves).
The name comes from early American settlers, after their ship which carried them to North America in 1620. It was the first flower of spring to welcome them after a long, cold winter.
They grow along the east coast of North America and I’ve always seen them in wooded areas or cemeteries.