The native wildflower Trailing arbutus is in bloom throughout Falmouth conservation lands.
The small, trumpet shaped flowers of this creeping plant are often partially hidden under leaf litter and the plant’s oval evergreen leaves.
Also known as Mayflower, Trailing arbutus was designated the state flower of Massachusetts in 1918. Its scientific name is Epigaea repens. Flowers can be white or pink.
“The seeds are dispersed by ants that carry the soft placental tissue back to their nests with the seeds attached,” according to the New England Wildflower Society.