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Claytonia exigua - Torr.&Gray.

Common Name Pale Spring Beauty, Serpentine springbeauty
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to moist slopes[60]. Open places on bare clay banks, clayey soils or sand, or scree and talus slopes from sea level to 1000 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia southwards.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Claytonia exigua Pale Spring Beauty, Serpentine springbeauty


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Claytonia exigua Pale Spring Beauty, Serpentine springbeauty

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Claytonia exigua is a ANNUAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from February to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Claytonia exigua.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 257]. Succulent[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have almost no information on this species but judging by its native range it should be possible to grow it as a hardy annual in Britain. It is closely allied to M. perfoliata (a species that is naturalized in Britain) and probably has the same cultivation requirements as listed below. Prefers a moist peaty soil[1, 60]. Plants can succeed on very poor and dry soils and in the shade of trees[52, 60].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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