Claytonia virginica


Common Names: Eastern spring beauty, Virginia springbeauty, fairy spud
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Purslane family

A perennial plant, overwintering through a corm. It is a trailing plant growing to 5 to 40 cm long. The leaves are slender lanceolate, 3 to 14 cm long and 0.5 to 1.3 cm broad, with a 6 to 20 cm long petiole. The flowers are 0.7 to 1.4 cm diameter with five pale pink or white (rarely yellow) petals, and reflect UV light. It has a raceme inflorescence, in which its flowers branch off of the shoot. The individual flowers bloom for three days, although the five stamens on each flower are only active for a single day.

Found throughout many different habitat types including lawns, city parks, forests, roadsides, wetlands, bluffs, and ravines. Flowering occurs between March and May depending on part of its range and weather.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White
 
Edible Notes: Spring beauty corms along with the entire above ground portion of the plant are reported to be edible and have been consumed by native Americans.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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