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Claytonia sibirica

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About Candy Flower Indian Lettuce (Claytonia sibirica) Claytonia sibirica (Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner's Lettuce, Candy Flower or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is found in moist woods. It is short-lived perennial or annual with hermaphroditic flowers which are protandrous and self-fertile. The numerous fleshy stems form a rosette and the leaves are lanceolate. The flowers are 8-20 mm diameter, with five white, candy-striped, or pink petals, flowering is between February and August. The Stewarton flower.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Max. Height
2 ft (0.6 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Streambanks, marshes and moist places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
5' - 14019'

Annual Precip. ?
23.9" - 153.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.38" - 5.67"

Coldest Month ?
9.1° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
32.8° F - 72.8° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 21.39 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy acidic forest soil

Fast, Standing

Sunset Zones ?
4*, 5*, 7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Siberian Springbeauty

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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