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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Claytonia lanceolata Pall. ex Pursh
Western spring beauty, Lanceleaf spring beauty, Spring beauty, Indian potato
USDA Symbol: clla2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This springbeauty has from one to a few strap-shaped, basal, fleshy leaves. The short flower stalk bears a pair of stem leaves and short clusters of five-petaled flowers. Plant size is dependent on size of the corm and local conditions. Size ranges from 2-10 in. tall. A small, slender, delicate plant with a pair of succulent leaves at midstem and a loose raceme of white, pink, or rose, bowl-shaped flowers. Flowers are usually white to pink, but can be pale yellow or orange.
As the name suggests, Western springbeauty blooms in the spring, barely waiting for the snow to melt. This perennial grows from a deeply buried, spherical, underground stem; when cooked, the stem tastes like a potato.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
B.C. to s. CA, e. to Alt. & NM Native Habitat:
Spring-moist, sagebrush foothills to alpine slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Spring-moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate using corms or seeds. Seeds should be sown as soon as they ripen.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-05-14
Research By: TWC Staff