Claytonia caroliniana  Michx. - Carolina Spring Beauty


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Claytonia caroliniana - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Portulacaceae 


Cool woods.




Nova Scotia west to MN, south along mountains to NC, TN, and northern GA.


Low herbaceous plant from a rounded corm. Leaves opposite, mostly 3-6 cm long and 1.0-1.5 cm wide, diamond-shaped or lance-ovate, acute at the base with a distinct petiole. Flowers with 5 petals, white to pink with deeper pink stripes. Sepals 2, surrounding a small fruiting capsule at maturity.  


Flowers mid March to mid June.

Wetland indicator: Facultative Upland

Ephemeral. Sometimes found growing with C. virginica and rarely hybridizes with it. Not found in the Chicago Region.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2010