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Claytonia virginica - L.
                 
Common Name Spring Beauty, Virginia springbeauty, Hammond's claytonia, Yellow Virginia springbeauty
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness 5-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich woods, thickets and clearings[43]. Wetlands, seeps, moist woods, riparian hardwood forests, copses, bluffs, ravines and prairies from sea level to 1000 metres[270].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Texas. A garden escape, locally naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Mid spring. Form: Upright or erect.

Claytonia virginica Spring Beauty, Virginia springbeauty, Hammond


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 37.
Claytonia virginica Spring Beauty, Virginia springbeauty, Hammond
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Physical Characteristics
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Claytonia virginica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Mar to April, and the seeds ripen in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. grandiflora.
Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[2, 55, 62, 85, 257]. Rich in starch, it has a pleasant nutty flavour[105, 183]. A radish-like flavour when raw[159], it tastes like a cross between a potato and a chestnut when cooked[183]. The root is rich in vitamins A and C[159]. The globose tuber is up to 20cm in diameter[270]. Leaves and flowering stems - raw or cooked[62]. Added to salads or used as greens[183]. The leaves are often available in the winter.
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Contraceptive.

A cold infusion or decoction of the powdered roots has been given to children with convulsions[257]. It has been said that eating the raw plants can permanently prevent conception[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Rock garden, Woodland garden. Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[1, 164]. Another report says that it requires some shade[188]. Requires a lime-free soil[164]. Special Features:North American native, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant.
Propagation
Seed - surface sow on a peat based compost in spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 10°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Division of offsets in spring or autumn.
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Claytonia acutifoliaBering Sea Spring Beauty30
Claytonia carolinianaBroad-Leaved Spring Beauty, Carolina springbeauty30
Claytonia exiguaPale Spring Beauty, Serpentine springbeauty20
Claytonia lanceolataLanceleaf Spring Beauty, Idaho springbeauty, Pacific springbeauty, Peirson's springbeauty30
Claytonia megarhizaAlpine Spring Beauty30
Claytonia perfoliataMiner's Lettuce41
Claytonia scammanianaScamman's Claytonia, Scamman's springbeauty20
Claytonia sibiricaPink Purslane, Siberian springbeauty41
Claytonia tuberosaTuberous Spring Beauty30
Claytonia umbellataGreat Basin Spring Beauty20
Osmunda claytonianaInterrupted Fern21
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Martha Fri Oct 28 2005
Just a quick note to let you know that this plant is also called \"Fairy Spuds\". They\'re also great simmered in olive oil with moral mushrooms, lol!
Elizabeth H.
v sandwick Sat Apr 21 2007
Found Spring Beauty covering my pastures here in oklahoma. I didn't plant the flowers that came up.They just showed up what a surprise. It's lovely to look at. The flowers cover both of my small pastures. I don't have trees in my pastures but I have a mixture of flowers.
Elizabeth H.
v sandwick Sat Apr 21 2007
Found Spring Beauty covering my pastures here in oklahoma. I didn't plant the flowers,that came up.They just showed up what a surprise. It's lovely to look at. The flowers cover both of my small pastures. I don't have trees in my pastures but I have a mixture of flowers.
Elizabeth H.
Benjamin Wed Jul 22 2009
Claytonia Virginica grows rampant here in Northern Wisconsin. Hardy to zone 3 i would say.
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