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Pisapia, Robert J.
Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willd.
USDA Symbol: clpe
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NH , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N),
AK (I?), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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
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Record Modified: 2012-11-09
Research By: JAM