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Pisapia, Robert J.
Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willd.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: BC 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
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.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-11-09
Research By: JAM