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Claytonia caroliniana

Carolina springbeauty

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

Claytonia caroliniana (Carolina springbeauty)
Cressler, Alan
A pair of smooth leaves occurs halfway up the slender, 4-12 in. stem. Leaves much wider than C. virginica. Several pink or white flowers with darker pink veins are borne in a loose cluster in the upper part of the stem. Plant disappears from above ground shortly after the seed capsules have ripened.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AR , CT , GA , IN , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , NH , NY , NC , OH , PA , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: N.S. to Ont., s. to New England, n. MI & n.e. MN; also mts. to GA, AL & AR
Native Habitat: Rich woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
Soil Description: Rich, moist soils. Prefers high humus.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Use Food: The tuberous roots can be eaten like potatoes. (Lamb/Rhynard)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2014-08-28