spring-beauty, Virginia spring-beauty
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 opposite pair on the stem and 1 to a few from the base, leaf and stalk at least 8 times as long as wide, stalk barely differing from the narrow leaf
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, stalked, stamens opposite the petals; inflorescence loose, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms April-June
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, forests; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"