Claytonia caroliniana
(Carolina Spring Beauty)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Carolina Spring Beauty, Broafleaf Spring Beauty
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: March - May
    Status: Native

Claytonia caroliniana, or Carolina Spring Beauty, is native to the Appalachian area of the United States, the Great Lakes region and the Ozark area. It is a hardy perennial, which grows from a small bulb. It blooms in early spring with beautiful pink flowers.

This plant is an ephemeral, which means it blooms early in spring, sets seed and then goes dormant for the rest of the year. This is one of only two eastern species of Claytonia. Fortunately, the two are easy to tell apart. Claytonia caroliniana has broad, wide leaves, and its flowers are more robustly colored with brighter stripes, while Claytonia virginica has thin, narrow leaves and light pink flowers. See the photo below for a comparison.

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