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Claytonia umbellata - Watson.

Common Name Great Basin Spring Beauty
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Exposed slopes, 1500 - 3400 metres in California[74]. North- and east-facing talus and scree slopes of drier mountain areas, subalpine coniferous forests at elevations of 100 - 3000 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - California and Oregon.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Claytonia umbellata Great Basin Spring Beauty


Brother Alfred Brousseau @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Claytonia umbellata Great Basin Spring Beauty
Gary A. Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Claytonia umbellata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is in flower from Apr to July, and the seeds ripen in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Cultivated Beds.

Exposed slopes, 1500 - 3400 metres in California[74]. North- and east-facing talus and scree slopes of drier mountain areas, subalpine coniferous forests at elevations of 100 - 3000 metres[270].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[172]. Flowers - raw[172]. Roots - cooked[257]. The globose tubers are up to 5cm in diameter[270]. The native North Americans roasted them in sand before eating them[257].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[1, 164]. Requires a lime-free soil[164].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow on a peat based compost in spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 10°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Division of offsets in spring or autumn.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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