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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
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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Summary

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


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 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 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.

Other Names

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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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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

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!

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.

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.

Benjamin   Wed Jul 22 2009

Claytonia Virginica grows rampant here in Northern Wisconsin. Hardy to zone 3 i would say.

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