Claytonia

(After John Clayton, of Virginia, one of the earliest American botanists. From his collections Gronovius edited the Flora Virginica). Portulacdeer
Spring BEAUTY. Small, hardy, glahrous, succulent, perennial herbs, with slender, 2-leaved stems from a deep, globular corm, and loose racemes of white or rose colored fls. with deeper veins, appearing among the first wild fls. and lasting only a few days. The genus has
about 25 species, mostly N. Amer., and is characterized by its oval, persistent sepals and 5 stamens. Plants can be obtained from dealers in native plants. They can be naturalized in moist places, and do well in half-shady spots at the bottom of a rockery. For C.parvifoliaparviflora and perfoliata, see Montia.

 Virginica, Linn. Plant 4-8 in. long, often forcing an irregular way through the leaf-mold of damp, rich woods: lvs. linear-lunccolnte or linear, 2-6 ft. long, in cluding the gradually tapering base: fls. larger and more numerous than in C’. Caroliniana. Colo. to Atlantic and S. to Gulf. B.M. 941. L.B.C. 7:643. D. 33.
 Caroliuiana, Michx. Lower and fewer-fld.: lvs. 1-2 in.
long, oblong, oblong-lanceolate, or somewhat spatulate, with a blade 1-2 in. long, abruptly contracted into a marginal petiole. Minn. to Atlantic and S. to Mts. of North Carolina.
 lanceolats, Pursh. About 4 in. high : lvs. oblong or lanceolate, %—l%in. long, sessile, the base broad or
narrow: raceme short-peduncled : petals emarginate or almost obcordate. Utah and Calif.

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