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Claytonia cordifolia S. Watson
Broadleaf Claytonia, Heartleaf springbeauty
Synonym(s): Claytonia sibirica var. cordifolia, Montia cordifolia
USDA Symbol: CLCO3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A succulent plant with most leaves at base and a pair of broadly ovate or heart-shaped leaves on stem below 3-10 white flowers in a very open raceme without bracts.
Claytonias such as this, with broad, succulent leaves, have edible, sweet-tasting foliage. The very similar Candy Flower (C. sibirica), growing in shaded places from Alaska south to southern California and east to Montana and Utah, has smaller, pink-tinged flowers, with a bract at the base of each individual flower stalk in the raceme. Once placed in the genus Montia, the western species in this group are now considered part of Claytonia.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Southern British Columbia south to northern California and western Montana, and east to northern Utah. Native Habitat:
Wet soil near springs and streams; more common in mountains.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FAC || FAC |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff