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Claytonia virginica

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Virginia Spring-Beauty

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Before most other wildflowers emerge, this petite ephemeral heralds the coming of spring. Its delicate pale pink to white flowers carpet the ground for up to three weeks. The flowers are arranged in clusters 4-6″ above the linear strap-like foliage. In June, the leaves go dormant until the following year. Virginia spring-beauty grows well in rich moist soil yet tolerates dry conditions. It is one of the few plants that will grow well under the deep deciduous shade of Fagus grandifolia and can also be naturalized in a shady lawn or in moss. The flowers of Virginia spring-beauty also compliment a variety of spring ephemerals including Trillium cuneatum, Tiarella cordifolia var. collina, Mitella diphylla and Thalictrum thalictroides.

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  • Plant Type
    bulbcorm, perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color