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Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

Claytonia virginica

Spring Beauty

Plant TypeForb
Life CycleAnnual
Flower Colorwhite
Number of Petals5
DescriptionA groundcover plant which would be easy to miss if it were not for its noticeable flowers. In ideal areas, at the right time of the spring, this plant can be very prolific. The five petaled flowers are delicate and each petal bears pink streaks. Dig them up to find an edible tuber, much like a small potato.
EdibilityThe tubers should be washed thoroughly and can be eaten raw or boiled like small potatoes.
Other NotesThe Spring Beauty tuber is sometimes refered to as a 'Fairy Potato'.