General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant Spread: 3 - 6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Pollinators: Various insects

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Common names
  • Spring Beauty
  • Virginia Springbeauty
  • Springbeauty
  • Fairy Spuds
  • May Flower
  • Good morning spring
  • Ground nut

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Location: Woodland, Willow Valley Communities, Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-08
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17
Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2020-04-06
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-03-22
Location: Greer Spring, MO
Date: 2019-04-06
Lives up to its name.
Location: Greer Spring, MO
Date: 2019-04-06
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2018-05-05
Taken at local forest preserve.
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17

Unknown

Date: 2022-03-20
Location: Greer Spring, MO
Date: 2019-04-06
White, pink and striped variants
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Photo by wildflowers
Location: Arkansas 
Thank You
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-17
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
widepetal form in garden
Photo by Katie

Date: 2013-05-07
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: McEwen TN
Date: 2017-06-19
Location: Fairfax, VA

Date: 2003-03-26
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2018-05-05
Taken at local forest preserve.
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
ARegular claytonia virginica, not acutiflo
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
big patch of clyatonia virginica
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: St Louis
Date: 2017-03-19
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17
#Pollination

Date: 2014-03-24
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05

Date: 2022-04-16
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-17
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-18
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Mt. Vernon
Date: 2012-03-30
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Duff Park in Monroeville, PA
Date: 2006-05-04
Location: Duff Park in Monroeville, PA
Date: 2006-05-04
Location: central Illinois -South Fork Sangamon River 
Date: 3-25-11
forest coming alive
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-04-10
Seed pods forming
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-17
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-25
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-03-25
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-03-20
The flowers open up with the sun
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17

Date: 2014-03-24
  • Uploaded by jon

Date: 2014-03-24
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: Northeastern Indiana 
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: Durham, Arkansas
Date: 2022-04-21
Location: Duff Park in Monroeville, PA
Date: 2006-05-04
Location: Duff Park in Monroeville, PA
Date: 2006-05-04

Date: 2003-03-22
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/

Date: 2004-04-24
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2011-09-07
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-17
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-17
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-03-27
Photo by dave
Photo by dave
Location: central Illinois (South Fork, Sangamon River)
Date: 3-25-12

The broad leaves at the base of this plant belong to a different
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-03-16
The flower buds droop in the morning

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-01
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-17
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-03-27
South Fork, Sangamon River, central Il.
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2012 2:18 PM concerning plant:
    Spring Beauty is a common wildflower in rich woods throughout eastern North America. It blankets acres and acres of good, damp woods in Eastern KY, among other places. It even becomes established in average-to-damp sunny lawns. The small, white, 5-petaled, pink-striped flowers seem to come from nowhere in early to mid-spring as the linear leaves are easily lost among the forest leaves or lawn grasses. A single corm (root stock) may have dozens of flowers that wave cheerfully in the spring breezes. And as soon as they're here, they're gone. Spring ephemerals, they die back and go dormant soon after flowering. When happy, they will colonize large areas over time.
  • Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Feb 16, 2013 10:13 AM concerning plant:
    The name is perfect for these early spring flowers. The flowers are white with red/pink stripes and no two are exactly alike. Claytonia virginica has a single pair of opposite, narrow leaves that come out about half way up the stem and a flower cluster at the top. The flowers will stay closed on cloudy days and they close each night; the buds will droop and nod down when closed. In the morning when the buds open up after the sun comes out, the flowers stand up erect.

    There is another, Carolina Spring Beauty (C. caroliniana) that is very similar, except the leaves are wider.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 23, 2012 6:29 PM concerning plant:
    The perennial root system is a dark colored roundish tuber usually less than an inch long. Bundles of fibrous rootlets branch out from tuber.
    The weak, watery stems start to flower at about 6"; it continues to grow maxing out at about a foot by the time seeds mature. Seed is expelled from capsule w/ enough force to land several inches from mother plant.
    The small delicate flowers turn to face the sun. Flowers close up at night and when overcast.
    Indians and pioneers dug the starchy tubers for food, a potato substitute either boiled or raw. Reportedly of a bland taste resembling chestnuts.Leaves added to salads or used as greens.
    Wildlife dig tubers for food, especially rodents, but also the grizzley bear. Moose, elk, and deer browse on the above ground greens in early spring.
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