Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willd.
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
USDA Symbol: CLPE
A succulent plant with slender stems seeming to grow through middle of 1 circular leaf and topped by a raceme of tiny white flowers. Flowers are 1/8-1/4 (3-6 mm) wide; sepals 2; petals 5, from slightly longer to nearly twice as long as sepals.
The perfoliate leaves of this species are derived from opposite leaves that adjoin to form one leaf through which the stem of the inflorescence emerges. As the common names indicate, the leaves are edible. This species was once included in the genus, Montia.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NH , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Alaska and British Columbia south to Baja California and east to Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
Native Habitat: Loose moist soil in shady places.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Claytonia perfoliata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Claytonia perfoliata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Claytonia perfoliata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-11-09
Research By: JAM