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Claytonia cordifolia (Heartleaf springbeauty)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Claytonia cordifolia

Claytonia cordifolia S. Watson

Heartleaf Springbeauty, Broadleaf Claytonia

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CA , ID , MT , OR , UT , 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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Claytonia cordifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Claytonia cordifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Claytonia cordifolia


Record Modified: 2023-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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