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Claytonia sibirica (Siberian Spring Beauty)

Siberian Springbeauty, Siberian Miners Lettuce, Pink Purslane, Candy Flower, Chinese Chickweed, Miner's Lettuce, Siberian Purslane, Calandrinia sibirica, Claytonia alsinoides, Montia sibirica


Claytonia sibirica (Siberian Spring Beauty) is a charming annual or short lived perennial forming a rosette of fleshy, egg to lance shaped leaves. It produces upright leafy stems bearing loose clusters of up to 3 small, white to pink flowers. Blooming in mid spring to mid summer (depending on location), each flower, 1 in. across (2 cm), features 5 white, candy-striped, or pink petals, notched at the tips. Delicate deep magenta veins on the petals help guide bees to the nectar. Siberian Spring Beauty occurs naturally along the western coast of North America from Alaska to California. It is also native to eastern Siberia and has been naturalized to Britain. It usually grows in moist shady sites such as forests, stream banks, and meadows at low to mid elevations. Siberian Spring Beauty is edible. Its leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and can be used in salads or as a steamed green. They are mild in flavor and are high in vitamin C. Siberian Spring Beauty is reported to have been used by miners during the California gold rush in the mid 1800’s to prevent scurvy, hence the other common name of Miner’s Lettuce.

  • Grows up to 6-10 in. tall (15-25 cm) and up to 36-48 in. wide (90-120 cm). This beauty naturalizes by underground rhizomes and self-seeding without being invasive.
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, sandy, moist, acidic, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerates sun in temperate climate as long as the soil is kept moist.
  • Good choice near ponds and streams or as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for downy mildew and aphids.
  • Propagate using seeds. No treatment.
  • Native to Siberia and western North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Northeast, Massachusetts, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Montana
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Northeast, Massachusetts, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Montana
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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