Claytonia caroliniana Michx.
Family: Montiaceae
Carolina spring-beauty, spring-beauty
Claytonia caroliniana image
Matthew L. Wagner  
Etymology: 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.
Plants: erect, perennial, 3"-6" tall forb; from rounded, vertical, thickened corms
Leaves: one pair on the stem, leaf and stalk 3-8 times as long as wide, stalk obviously distinct from the wider leaf
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, stalked, stamens opposite the petals; inflorescence a loose, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms April-June
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native