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Virginia Spring Beauty, Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty - Claytonia virginica


Family: Portulacaceae - Purslane family Genus Common Name: Spring Beauty Native Status: Native
Claytonia virginica - Virginia Spring Beauty, Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty. Early spring wildflower that can be 4 to 12 inches tall. Very similar to Carolina Spring Beauty - C. caroliniana - with the primary differentiator being the leaf shape.

It is protected in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island as an endangered or historical species, according to the USDA Plants Database.

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Claytonia virginica

Distribution of Claytonia virginica in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-04Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
1/1250f/8 ISO100
Virginia Spring Beauty will have several to many white to pale pink blossoms on pedicels in a raceme. The five petals have pink veining. Note the narrow, grass-like leaves.
Claytonia virginica

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
If you don't mow your lawn too early in the season, you might be rewarded with a lawn filled with Virginia Spring Beauty and other spring wildflowers.
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Claytonia virginica

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