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Spring beauty

Claytonia virginica

This low-growing, spring-blooming succulent touts 5-petaled, pale-pink striped flowers with strap-like foliage that continues to grow after bloom but disappears in late spring when the plants go into dormancy. It can literally carpet the ground in early spring, giving the impression of a light dusting of snow. Its flowers open when the sun is out and close when it is cloudy.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis native eastern North American wildflower can be somewhat invasive in optimum growing conditions. It produces sweet, edible underground tubers (corms) that taste like chestnut and were consumed by early Americans.

CareGrow in rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade, massed in rock gardens, woodland gardens, meadows, naturalized areas, or wildflower gardens.

PropagationSow seed in open containers in autumn.

ProblemsDowny mildew, rust, and aphids may occur.

  • Genus : Claytonia
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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