PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Spring Beauty

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Claytonia virginica / Portulacaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Virginia springbeauty, Hammond's claytonia

CONDITIONS: shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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bitter

BOIL twice

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

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bitter

BOIL twice

Spring

Flowers

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bitter

BOIL twice

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

potato/chestnut

RAW/PEEL/BOIL

Spring

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Absolutely delicious roots. Separately, boil leaves and flowers twice with fresh water to remove bitterness, then can be served with roots. “A radish-like flavour when raw, it tastes like a cross between a potato and a chestnut when cooked. The root is rich in vitamins A and C.”(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: “This plant has been used medicinally by the Iroquois, who would give a cold infusion or decoction of the powdered roots to children suffering from convulsions. They would also eat the raw roots, believing that they permanently prevented conception.”(3)  Antispasmodic;Contraceptive.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES: Star of Bethlehem - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithogalum_umbellatum

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Claytonia+virginica
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/spring-beauty  
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_virginica
  4. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/spring-beauty.aspx  (good photos)
  5. https://plighttofreedom.com/spring-beauty