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Claytonia cordifolia
broadleaf springbeauty, heart-leaf springbeauty

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Utah.

Habitat: On wet soil, usually along streams, moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat succulent perennial from a horizontal rhizome from which arise, at distinct intervals, several clumps of 1-several erect, simple stems 1-3 dm. tall.


Basal leaves several, the blade triangular-ovate and often cordate, 3-6 cm. broad and somewhat shorter, with petioles 2-3 times as long as the blade.


Inflorescence of elongate, lax, 3- to 10-flowered racemes, without bracts; pedicels stout, 10-15 mm. long; sepals 2, 3-5 mm. long; petals white, 8-13 mm. long; stamens 5; stigmas 3, linear.


Capsule, about as long as the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia cordifolia S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 17: 365. 1882.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia sibirica L. var. cordifolia (S. Watson) R.J. Davis
Montia cordifolia (S. Watson) Pax & K. Hoffm. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Claytonia cordifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia cordifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia cordifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia cordifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia cordifolia information.

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