Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis

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Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis (English) C.L.Hitchc.

Portulacaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: spatulate

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: not specified

VI

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis was already described and the name validly published by Carl Schurz English. It was Albert Spear Hitchcock, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1964.

Taxonomy

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis is a variety in the genus Claytonia which contains approximately 43 to 88 species and belongs to the family of the Portulacaceae (Purslane Family). The type species of the genus is Claytonia virginica.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 2 to 5 centimetres.

Leaves

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are spatulate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis produces racemes of pink five-stellate flowers in June.


Root System

Distribution

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis is native to the Rocky Mountains.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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