Claytonia lanceolata Pall. ex Pursh
Western Spring Beauty, Lanceleaf Spring Beauty, Spring Beauty, Indian Potato
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
USDA Symbol: CLLA2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: B.C. to s. CA, e. to Alt. & NM
Native Habitat: Spring-moist, sagebrush foothills to alpine slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Spring-moist soils.
PropagationDescription: Propagate using corms or seeds. Seeds should be sown as soon as they ripen.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Claytonia lanceolata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Claytonia lanceolata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Claytonia lanceolata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff