PLANT PROFILE

Claytonia virginica  
Virginia spring beauty



Claytonia virginica¨›
Claytonia virginica¨›
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Claytonia virginica  
Common name: Virginia spring beauty
Group: dicot
Family: Portulacaceae (Purslane)
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: Stems are 6 to 12 inches long, with a deep, tuberous root
Foliage: Cauline leaves opposite, linear, glabrous, entire, sessile
Flower: white or pink with darker veins, 1/2 to 7/8 inches broad, two to forty flowering stems
Flowering time: early April to mid-May; fruits early May to mid-June
Habitat: rich, moist low woodlands and along streams, thickets and clearings
Range in New Jersey: throughout the state, less abundant in the Pines  and southward
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Claytonia virginica¨›distribution