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Claytonia megarhiza - (Gray.)Parry.

Common Name Alpine Spring Beauty
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Gravelly soils, rock crevices and high montane regions[60]. Talus, scree and gravelly slopes at elevations of 2000 - 4000 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - Washington and southwards.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Claytonia megarhiza Alpine Spring Beauty


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Claytonia megarhiza is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to July, and the seeds ripen in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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 cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[2, 62, 85, 161]. Peeled, then boiled or baked[183]. The root is long, fleshy and up to 2.5cm thick[183, 200]. Leaves and flowering tops - raw or cooked as a potherb[85, 172, 183]. Succulent, juicy and mild in flavour[183]. Flowers - raw.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[1, 164]. Requires a very well-drained lime-free soil[164, 200]. A very cold hardy plant, succeeding outdoors in all parts of Britain, but it is liable to rot if the soil is wet[60, 200]. A good plant for the rock garden[60]. Plants are prone to aphis infestation[188].

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.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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