Also known as Trailing Arbutus-Epigaea repens flowers well before May as evidenced under our side yard Hemlock currently. It got its name because it is among the earliest of spring flowers but generally appears before the actual month it is named for. In 1918, after failing to come up with a state flower, the legislature allowed the Massachusetts schoolchildren to select a name and they chose the Mayflower. Some credit the ship that brought the first Europeans to Massachusetts for the name but that isn’t the case.
I purchased ours from Nasami Farm, a the western branch of the New England Wildflower Society garden shop. As far as I know removing them from the wild is illegal but taking any wild plant is bad practice and, in most cases, illegal as well. Trailing Arbutus is a member of the Heath family and related to blueberries and cranberries.