7 responses to “Claytonia virginica”

  1. Florida Plantsman

    Thank you Tamara for yet another beautiful photograph and very descriptive commentary of a plant I was not familiar with.

  2. Keith Nevison

    Wonderful, informative write-up today. I appreciate you touching on the morphology, taxonomy, ecology and ethnobotany of Eastern spring beauties. Keep up the good work.

  3. Sue Frisch

    Lovely, evocative photo and an interesting writeup…spring beauties are blooming on the rocky, east-facing slope in the woods behind my house (in NW Connecticut) right now…but not enough to eat!
    It’s nice to have some of our eastern wildflowers appear here.

  4. Amanda Maxemchuk

    This is neat stuff! I loved seeing these flowers bloom in the spring in my parents back yard when I was a little girl. I never knew that the seeds were dispersed by ants. Just goes to show how interdependent species are and that each species is immeasurably important to the diversity of our planet!

  5. Daniel Sleeper

    This is a really beautiful plant, is it found in the woods or where I am in Eastern NC

  6. Tamara Bonnemaison

    I also had spring beauties (Claytonia lanceolata) blooming in my back yard as a child. I used to try to press them, but they are so delicate that the dried blossoms would always crack when I tried to pull them off the page.

  7. michael aman

    Parts that are tasty to ants, seeds that get carted off to ant middens, edible corms, a bee that just pollinates spring beauty: This is such great stuff. Whatever your next career step is, Tamara, it should involve writing about the natural world.

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