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Common Name: Bering Sea Spring Beauty
Claytonia acutifolia is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Northwestern N. America to Asia in the Arctic circle.
Tundra and stony slopes of bald mountains[
]. Marshy ground in moss and lichen tundra and alder and birch thickets, scree and talus of mountain slopes, sea level to 2000 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it must be very cold-tolerant and should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a damp peaty lime-free soil and a position in full sun[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. Large and fleshy[
]. The root was usually eaten with oil[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Flowers - raw[
]. A nice decoration in a salad.
Seed - surface sow on a peat based compost in spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 10°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts.
Division of offsets in spring or autumn.