Friday, January 9, 2015

Spring Beauty

Claytonia virginica
A bulbous perennial, reaching up to 6 inches, and is native to rich woods and bottomlands in eastern North America ( from eastern Nebraska to northeast Minnesota to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Cape Croker, Ontario to Niagara Falls, Ontario to far southeast Quebec to Nova Scotia; south to northeast Texas to central Georgia ). In the Windsor/Essex County, Ontario region; it was abundant in the Canard River Valley as well as around Point Pelee, the Lake Erie islands as well as the Ohio shore during the 1800s. It was also abundant at Detroit during that time. Similar Claytonia caroliniana is found further north in Ontario to Thunder Bay to Wawa to Haliburton.
The fleshy, linear leaves, up to 5.5 x 0.8 inches in size, are bright green.
The pink flowers, up to 0.8 inches wide, are borne during early to mid spring.
Hardy zones 3 to 8, requires summer shade even though dormant. It prefers light, humus-rich, well drained soil.

* photos taken on Apr 18 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Apr 21 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Apr 23 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken by Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

* photos taken @ Middle Patuxent, Clarksville, MD on Apr 24 2015

* photos taken on Apr 20 2018 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken by Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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