I’d never heard of or seen this wildflower until about a week ago, but apparently it can be found throughout the southern and eastern U.S. and as far north as eastern Canada. We first saw it growing alongside our gravel road, and recently I took a walk to get a closer look.
Known also as Bursting Heart and as Strawberry Bush, the Euonymus americanus is a shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall. Its seed capsule consists of four lobes, described as red but looking pink to me. The capsule splits open in the autumn, revealing bright red berries, hence the name Bursting Heart.