(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.parvifolia, parviflora 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.