SPRING BEAUTY
Claytonia virginica


Plant Family............ Portulacaceae (Purslane)
Leaf Arrangement... Opposite
Bloom date............. March April
Plant Height.... 10 Inches
Habitat............ Meadows, roadsides
Flower Color... Pinkish White
Img 1. Spring Beauty
1 SPRING BEAUTY

Img 2..Spring Beauty
2 SPRING BEAUTY


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DESCRIPTION

NOTE: The photos are highly enlarged, the flowers are only about a half inch in diameter. Other common names for this plant are Virginia Spring Beauty and Fairy Spuds. Spring Beauties grow from small tubers in very early spring. The leaf pairs are gras-like and blend in with other grasses (where they sometimes like to grow). The leaf pairs are shown in image 7. Spring Beauties grow in open woods, meadows or even lawns. They grow from small underground corms. The flowers are clustered at the end of slender stems, which sometimes grow in a slanted position. The flower, which is only about 3/4 inch in diameter, has five white petals with pink veins. The flowers close during nighttime hours. The plants go dormant after blooming. The corms were eaten by Indians and supposedly taste like radish raw and chestnuts cooked. . Most of the other members of the Purslane family have flowers that last for only one day. Spring Beauty is an exception in having longer flower life. Spring Beauty appears in many places that receive sunlight. It frequently grows in grassy areas.

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