Claytonia virginica L.
Family: Montiaceae
spring-beauty, Virginia spring-beauty
Claytonia virginica image
Paul Drobot  
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