- Plant Type: Perennial herb.
- Common Names: Spring Beauty, Eastern Spring Beauty, Grass Flower, Fairy-Spud.
- Colors: Pale pink, white, rarely yellow.
- Flower Dimensions: 0.28-0.55 inches in diameter.
- Flowering Season: Between March and May.
Claytonia virginica is a perennial herb under the order Caryophyllales. This species is a trailing plant that can grow to 2-16 inches.
- Claytonia virginica grows from an underground tuber.
- The slender stem of C. virginica is 4-12 inches.
- The leaves of Claytonia virginica are slender-lanceolate. They are petiolate.
- The flowers of the Spring Beauty are in the inflorescence of raceme. Each flower has five petals. The individual flower blooms for 3 days.
- The C. virginica flowers are star-like. They are white to light pink with pink veins and anthers.
Where can Spring Beauty be mostly spotted?
Interesting Facts about Spring Beauty
- Claytonia virginica has medicinal value. This plant has been used medicinally by the Iroquois for children suffering from convulsions.
- The Iroquois also eat the raw roots of C. virginica because they believe this could prevent conception permanently.
- The Native American colonists used the tuber for food. It has a sweet, chestnut-like flavor.
- The classification of the Claytonia virginica began when John Clayton sent a collected and pressed specimen of Claytonia virginica to Johann Friedrich Gronovius in the Netherlands in 1735.
- The genus Claytonia was named in honor of John Clayton. The genus name was given by Linneus. The species epithet virginica was for the then colony of Virginia.
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