Claytonia cordifolia S. Watson
Broadleaf Claytonia, Heartleaf Springbeauty
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Synonym(s): Claytonia sibirica var. cordifolia, Montia cordifolia
USDA Symbol: CLCO3
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.
From the Image Gallery
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , OR , UT , WA
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Claytonia cordifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Claytonia cordifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Claytonia cordifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff