Stems spreading or ascending. Basal leaves few to many, oval or almost round, with stalks to 10 in. long; stem leaves 2, fused together to form a disk beneath flowers. Flowers 5–40, on stalks or sessile, white to pale pink, small. Grows in spring-damp, often shady places in the south, open to shady places in the north, often on disturbed soils, from sea level to mid-elevations. Claytonia parviflora grows in similar places, has many shiny, bright green, linear, basal leaves, stem leaves fused. Claytonia rubra, less than 6 in., is also similar, with many diamond-shaped basal leaves.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring
- Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial
- Height: 2--12 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Vernal Wet, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Disturbed
- Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np, Crater Lake Np, Wallowas, Columbia Basin, West Gorge, East Gorge, Siskiyous
- Native: Yes