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Common Name: Pale Spring Beauty
Claytonia exigua is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.08 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Western N. America - British Columbia southwards.
Dry to moist slopes[
]. Open places on bare clay banks, clayey soils or sand, or scree and talus slopes from sea level to 1000 metres[
We have almost no information on this species but judging by its native range it should be possible to grow it as a hardy annual in Britain. It is closely allied to M. perfoliata (a species that is naturalized in Britain) and probably has the same cultivation requirements as listed below.
Prefers a moist peaty soil[
]. Plants can succeed on very poor and dry soils and in the shade of trees[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.