NOW IT'S PURPLE'S TURN!
The redbuds have joined us.
The eastern redbud trees are native to Eastern U.S. and plentiful throughout Missouri and Illinois. (It's Oklahoma's state tree.) Throughout Appalachia, green redbud twigs are used as seasoning for wild game. In these mountain areas the redbud is sometimes known as the "spicewood tree."
Native Americans have long held the redbud tree as sacred, and consumed redbud flowers raw or boiled, and eaten its roasted seeds for medicinal value. Redbud leaves are perfectly heart shaped . . . so we love this native tree all the more.