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Common Name: Tuberous Spring Beauty
Claytonia tuberosa 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 E. Asia - Siberia.
Sphagnum tundra in the Arctic[
]. Wet to moist stony tundra slopes from sea level to 1200 metres in Alaska[
Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[
]. Requires a lime-free soil[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. It can be added to soups and stews[
]. It is rather small[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A source of vitamins A and C, the leaves can be used as greens[
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.