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Claytonia cordifolia
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Heartleaf Springbeauty
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Claytonia cordifolia

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About Heartleaf Springbeauty (Claytonia cordifolia) Claytonia cordifolia is a species of wildflower in the purslane family known by the common name heartleaf springbeauty. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Utah, where it grows mainly in shady forested areas. It is a perennial herb growing from a long, budding rhizome and producing an erect stem up to 40 centimeters tall. The basal leaves have oval blades up to 9 centimeters long with heart-shaped bases where they attach to their long petioles. There is also a pair of oval-shaped leaves at a midpoint on the stem. The stalked inflorescence bears up to 12 small flowers with five white petals each about a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
4291' - 7504'

Annual Precip. ?
35.6" - 128.0"

Summer Precip. ?
1.09" - 4.29"

Coldest Month ?
32.8° F - 41.1° F

Hottest Month ?
50.1° F - 63.0° F

Humidity ?
2.59 vpd - 17.06 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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