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Common Name: Scamman's Claytonia
Claytonia scammaniana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.15 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Northwestern N. America - Alaska to Northern Europe and Northern Asia.
Moist grassy places in Alaska[
]. Talus and scree slopes on serpentine at elevations of 50 - 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 should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. This plant is considered to be a part of C. sarmentosa by some botanists[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[
]. Requires a lime-free soil[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Flowers - raw[
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.