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Claytonia virginica

Virginia Spring Beauty

Scientific Name:

Claytonia virginica

Genus:

Claytonia

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Virginia Spring Beauty

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Montiaceae (Montia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist forests; common

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

The long, slender leaves differentiate this species from the otherwise similar Claytonia caroliniana.

Plant in Bloom

Notice the narrow leaves. Claytonia caroliniana has wider leaves.

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Early April 2002 near Black Mountain

Closeup of Bloom

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Seed Pods

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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