Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma
Claytonia virginica L.
spring-beauty, Virginia spring-beauty
Claytonia: named for John Clayton (1686-1773), Clerk to the County Court of Gloucester County, Virginia from 1720 until his death, one of the earliest collectors of plant specimens in that state, and described as the greatest American botanist of his day.
virginica: of Virginia
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3"-6" tall forb; from rounded, vertical, thickened corms|
|Flower: ||pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, stalked, stamens opposite the petals; inflorescence loose, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms April-June|
|Leaf:||one opposite pair on the stem and 1 to a few from the base, leaf and stalk at least 8 times as long as wide, stalk barely differing from the narrow leaf|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture; woods, forests; in rich soil|