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The commonly spoken name for plants in the genus Claytonia is "Spring Beauty", and with good reason. The species in this genus are know for their early Spring flowers and also for a very brief display and an ephemeral nature. Then along comes Claytonia sibirica, the Russian cousin to our native Claytonia virginica and Claytonia caroliniana. Not only is Claytonia sibirica a long bloomer in the Spring, but it blooms off and on all Summer and Autumn. The foliage stays with us the gardening season long. An easy to grow perennial for the shade garden, it also seeds itself into a dramatic colony in just a year or two. The foliage is thick, supple and seems almost succulent. Five white notched petals on each flower are tinged with a pinkish lavender striping that emanates a soft glow for weeks.
My original specimen came from the garden of Carl Hanscomb in Occidental, California and was growing quite happily in full California sun, so I believe that it will grow in just about any locale in the US. Height is about 4" to 6" tall and they form a nice tight clump about 8" - 12" in diameter after the second year of growth.
By the way, the genus Claytonia is in the Portulacaceae family and is named in honor of John Clayton (1693-1773) one of the earliest American botanists who lived in Gloucester, Virginia. Clayton collected specimens for "Flora Virginica", one of the first books on American botany. (Just thought you might like to know)
For an eye-poppin' screen-fillin' image of Claytonia sibirica, hop on over to http://sunfarm.com/images/claysiblg.jpg
I've been sharing my limited stock of Claytonia sibirica in 2" treeband ® pots for $7.50 ea plus shipping. Over the last few years, I've really put some effort into building a large quantity so as to be able to reduce the price and I'm pleased to tell you that I've succeeded. The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.
7 for $ 35.00 ($5.00 ea)
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Last modified February 24, 2009