Portulacaceae
Claytonia lanceolata

Western Spring Beauty

Erect. Basal leaves sometimes absent; stem leaves a single pair clasping the stem partway from ground. Leaves wedge-shaped tapering to sharp tips. Flowers 3–15 with short stalks or sessile above leaves in loose, sometimes 1-sided cluster. Flower petals white or pink with pink veins or occasionally yellow or orange. Found in moist meadows, slopes, woodlands, at mid to alpine elevations. Grows from corms that taste like potato when cooked; sometimes called Indian potato.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: up to 8 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Vernal Wet, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Alpine
  • Found In: East Gorge, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes