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Common Name: Broad-Leaved Spring Beauty
Claytonia caroliniana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan, south to North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri.
Rich open woods, alluvial thickets and upland slopes[
]. Wetlands and riparian hardwood forests from sea level to 1400 metres[
Prefers a damp peaty soil and a position in full sun[
]. Requires a lime-free soil[
Root - raw or cooked like potatoes[
]. Rich in starch, it has a pleasant nutty flavour[
Leaves and stems - raw or cooked[
]. A very mild flavour, they are best mixed with stronger tasting leaves[
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.