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If you are looking for a great flower for your garden, the Virginia Spring beauty, Claytonia virginica, may be the plant for you. It is a beautiful white flower with darkish pink stripes. Many of these flowers are clustered into a loose bunch. This can be a great way to fill up a gap or other space in your garden that some flowers would not be able to fit in. The Spring beauty is an attractive spring perennial that can quickly grow in large patches if you want it to be the center point of a garden. Britton, Nathaniel Lord; Brown, Addison (1913). An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions: From Newfoundland to the Parallel of the Southern Boundary of Virginia, and from the Atlantic Ocean Westward to the 102d Meridian. Vol. 2. C. Scribner's sons. p. 37. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
In its natural habitat, this spring perennial grows in huge patches underground. The root of this flower was even eaten during colonial times. It was essential for the survival of colonialists during harsh winters where other food was scarce. It is recommended to grow this flower in partly shady places. Rich soils that are usually moist are also ideal growing areas for these flowers. However, the Virginia Spring beauty is a flower that can tolerate growing in most varieties of soil. If you want to improve your local bee population, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has listed this flower as one that creates significant value for native bees.Once the seeds ripen, you need to make sure you sow them right away. These seeds will usually mature early in the summer.
At most nurseries, you will be able to find the seeds or corms you need to grow this flower. If you are looking to cover a hill, accent a walkway, or add some color and coverage to your garden, the Virginia Spring beauty might be the plant for you. Head down to your nearest nursery to get more information about this flower and to see if there might be a Virginia Spring beauty in bloom for you to see for yourself.Names: The genus was named by Linnaeus as an honorary named for the English born Virginia botanist John Clayton, (1694-1773) who lived in Williamsburg. Clayton sent plants to Europe, particularly to England and to Dutch naturalist Johann Friedrich Gronovius. Carl Linnaeus, working with Gronovius, published his first book Syetema Naturae, and included these plants in the book. Clayton then sent to Gronovius his catalog of Virginia plants, Gronovius proposed to Linnaeus to arrange it and publish it. This became Flora Virginica,1739-43, the first book on new world material using the Linnaean system of classification. Unfortunately, Gronovius did not tell Clayton and did not have his permission. The species, virginica, means 'of Virginia' where Clayton observed the plant. The author name for the plant classification - 'L.' is for Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish botanist and the developer of the binomial nomenclature of modern taxonomy. (Source: www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org)