Spring Beauties

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Lori S.
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Spring Beauties

Being up here on the cold, distal end of the North American species distribution, we have only two species of claytonia. The one that occurs in alpine rock crevices and talus is Claytonia megarhiza. While C. lanceolata can occur in huge numbers in turfy alpine meadows, I think I enjoy seeing it's less populous relative (C. megarhiza) somewhat more - the contrast between the hard, angular jumble of rock slabs that it often prefers to grow in, and the fleshy succulence of the leaves, is always an unexpected feast for the eyes, somehow.

It would be very nice to see some pix of the various species that occur in the more southerly alpine areas... and of the woodland types, too, of course!

RickR
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Flowering the first year from seed witness two forms of Claytonia sibirica from seed (assuming they both really are C. sibira).  The one on the left is from NARGS seed, the one on the right grown from seed received from Todd Boland.  I grew 8-12 of each type, and the two groups were very uniform.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

RickR
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Showing some anemia from lack of fertilizer or a creeping up of soil pH as my water pH is high from a limestone aquifer, Todd's form (in the upper right) seems to be more tolerant.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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At last one species I grow in abundance, Claytonia sibirica! This one grows along my little creek selfsowing and flowering almost all year round. Sorry, have no good pictures.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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I have not been too successful at growing C. megarhiza.  I have managed to keep it alive in a trough but for only 2-3 years.

Here's western spring beauty, Claytonia lanceolata.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Here's a shot that might give an impression of how densely C. lanceolata can grow in turfy alpine meadows... note all the little white stars amongst the glacier lilies.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Trond, does your sibirica look like either of mine in general growth pattern?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Trond, does your sibirica look like either of mine in general growth pattern?

Hard to say, Rick. As they self-sow it is differences in aspect and flower colors. The plants get much bigger too and intertwining.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Your two pots certainly do show rather different leaf shape, Rick.  If it's at all helpful, here's a key to Claytonia species:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=107275

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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Glad to see the Claytonia are doing well Rick.....mine self-seed all over but are easy to control.  They bloom forever!  I have not had any luck with any of the other species.

Great pics Lori...I have seen lanceolata in Alberta but not megarhiza.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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You asked once wheather my Claytonia was similar to one of yours! I can't find the topic so I started this. Here you can look for yourself, this is one of my 10 square meters. No flower yet, the snow has recently disappeared.
The first picture shows the claytonia and the second "I still remember what we wrote about - yet! But they won't flower till April.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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