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Claytonia caroliniana (Carolina springbeauty)
Cressler, Alan

Claytonia caroliniana

Claytonia caroliniana Michx.

Carolina Springbeauty

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)


USDA Symbol: clca

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

A pair of smooth leaves occurs halfway up the slender, 4-12 in. stem. Leaves much wider than C. virginica. Several pink or white flowers with darker pink veins are borne in a loose cluster in the upper part of the stem. Plant disappears from above ground shortly after the seed capsules have ripened.


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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: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AR , CT , GA , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NY , OH , PA , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: N.S. to Ont., s. to New England, n. MI & n.e. MN; also mts. to GA, AL & AR
Native Habitat: Rich woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Rich, moist soils. Prefers high humus.


Use Food: The tuberous roots can be eaten like potatoes. (Lamb/Rhynard)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Corms.
Commercially Avail: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

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January 10, 2010
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Groundcover for sunny yard in New Jersey
July 23, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1262 - Plants of Carolinian Canada (1994) Lamb, Larry and Gail Rhynard

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Web Reference

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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