Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Spring Beauty

Claytonia virginica
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr), Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High, Wet
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

5 to
10
inches

Spread:

3 to
4
inches
Size
Height: 5 to
10
inches
Spread: 3 to
4
inches
Size
Height: 5 to
10
inches
Spread: 3 to
4
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Great natural groundcover for early spring interest.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Will grow in shade to partial shade, dry to moderate soil moisture. Plants go dormant by summer.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Blooms from Feb-May in open woods, suburban lawns, valleys and fields. The delicate, starry, 5-petalled pinkish-white flowers have pink veins and stamens. The flowers are loose, open clusters, and open about 5″ above fleshy dark green, narrow, lance-shaped basal leaves. Will naturalize and form colonies over time from seed, giving a soft, carpet-like effect. Entire plant goes dormant soon after it blooms. If planted in a lawn, let the leaves go dormant before mowing. Roots are small rounded corms that taste like water chestnuts.

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