Great Basin Spring Beauty (Claytonia umbellata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Great Basin Spring Beauty
Claytonia umbellata
Portulacaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[172].

    Flowers – raw[172].

    Roots – cooked[257]. The native North Americans roasted them in sand before eating them[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow on a peat based compost in spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 4 weeks at 10¡c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Division of offsets in spring or autumn.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[1, 164]. Requires a lime-free soil[164].
Western N. America.

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