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Claytonia sibirica
candyflower, Siberian springbeauty, western springbeauty

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Montana and northeastern Oregon and southeastern Idaho.

Habitat: Moist, usually shady places, lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: March-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat fleshy taprooted annual, or short-lived perennial from rhizomes, usually with several stems 5-40 cm. tall.


Leaves mostly basal, the blades lanceolate to rhombic-ovate, 1-4 cm. broad and long, occasionally much narrower, on petioles 2-3 times as long as the blades; cauline leaves 2, opposite, usually sessile, obovate-rhombic to broadly lanceolate, 1-5 cm. broad and up to 7 cm. long, acute to rounded.


Inflorescence of 1-3 bracteate, many-flowered, elongate racemes; pedicels 1.5-4 cm. long, spreading; sepals 2, 2.5- 5 mm. long; petals 5, white to deep pink, 6-12 mm. long; stamens 3-5; style 1, with 3 linear stigmas.


Capsule about equaling the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia sibirica L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 204. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia heterophylla (Torr. & A. Gray) Swanson [KZ99]
Claytonia sibirica L. var. bulbifera A. Gray [KZ99]
Claytonia sibirica L. var. heterophylla (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray
Claytonia sibirica L. var. sibirica [KZ99]
Montia sibirica (L.) Howell [HC]
Montia sibirica (L.) Howell var. bulbifera (A. Gray) B.L. Rob. [HC]
Montia sibirica (L.) Howell var. heterophylla (Torr. & A. Gray) B.L. Rob. [HC]
Montia sibirica (L.) Howell var. sibirica [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Claytonia sibirica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia sibirica checklist entry

OregonFlora: Claytonia sibirica information

E-Flora BC: Claytonia sibirica atlas page

CalPhotos: Claytonia sibirica photos

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