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Sierra Spring Beauty
Claytonia nevadensis

About Sierra Spring Beauty (Claytonia nevadensis) Claytonia nevadensis is a species of wildflower in the purslane family known by the common names Sierra springbeauty and Sierra Nevada claytonia. It is native to California and adjacent parts of southern Oregon and western Nevada, where it can be found in the high mountain ranges from the Klamath Range through the Sierra Nevada. It grows in subalpine habitats such as scree and gravelly snowmelt stream banks. It is a perennial herb growing from a network of fleshy rhizomes with a small horizontal caudex at ground level. It takes the form of a leafy clump with a stem no longer than about 10 centimeters. The thick red-green leaves are oval to spade-shaped and a few centimeters long, not counting the longer petiole of the most basal leaves. The flower cluster is a dense cluster of 2 to 8 flowers which nests in the clump of leaves or arises on a very short stalk. Each flower has five pink-tinted white petals up to a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Max. Height
3.6 in (9.1 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
streams, springs, melting snowbeds, in gravel or sand


Elevation ?
7808' - 12226'

Annual Precip. ?
24.5" - 101.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.87" - 3.78"

Coldest Month ?
19.9° F - 46.2° F

Hottest Month ?
40.8° F - 69.3° F

Humidity ?
1.40 vpd - 13.14 vpd


Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sierra Nevada Claytonia, Sierra 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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