We encountered the spring beauties in the moist areas on either side of the creeks. Their pink, cup-shaped blooms were clearly visible above the grass by the side of the road and in the adjacent fields.
The plants themselves appeared insignificant. It was difficult to distinguish the leaves from the grass blades because Claytonia virginica has such slender leaves. Note the Poison Ivy to the left of the claytonia; it's that time of year again!
A side view of the plant showing the raceme arrangement of the flowers
*****Closer views of the flowers.
Variations in the shape of the petals of some flowers.
Claytonia virginica is native to the United States and is found from Quebec to Texas. In Georgia, it has been found in several counties across the state although not in the coastal plain counties. It has not been documented in Wilkes County although, clearly, it occurs there. We found it in the surrounds at every creek crossing along this road. Although usually called Spring Beauty, I prefer the name Virginia Springbeauty to differentiate this species from the 28 Claytonia species that may be found in the United States
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- Southeastern Flora: Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)
- Name that Plant: Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)
- University of Norh Carolina Herbarium: Claytonia virginica
- USDA Plants Database: Claytonia virginica (Virginia Springbeauty)
- Saxon-Norman-Broad, Wilkes County, Georgia: Prostrate Blue Violet, Green-and-gold & Trumpet Honeysuckle