- Carolina Spring Beauty is a super little plant for color in any area of the landscape. It is a smaller plant, reaching only about 6 inches in height when fully grown.
Carolina Spring Beauty - Claytonia Caroliniana
Carolina Spring Beauty
The perennial herb known as the Carolina Spring Beauty, Claytonia caroliniana to horticulturists, is a woodland plant found throughout the eastern, deciduous zones of North America. It is most common to the New England states of the U.S., but its growing zones reach from as far north as Newfoundland down to Alabama. Only reaching a height of 6 inches, the Carolina Spring Beauty is named for its gorgeous flower. The ephemeral bloom, appearing early each spring, contains 5 petals, usually pink or purple in color, lined with striking, dark pink stripes. The single bud sits atop the stem, accented by broad, 3-inch leaves, coming in a pair that rests opposite one another. The deep green stem and leaves provide an excellent contrast to offset the colorful petals. The Carolina Spring Beauty has been known to bloom as early as February but usually appears March to May. While the herb is actually edible, it is cultivated for its beauty, especially ornamental to more naturalistic settings.
While the Carolina Spring Beauty thrives in climate zones 5 to 9, it is adaptable to most moist soils and does not require full sunlight, so it can be planted in a variety of locations, beneath trees and other, taller plants. For ornamental gardens, the Spring Beauty is a great addition to bring a pop of color in the duller periods of late winter. Carolina Spring Beauty has also been referred to as Rose Elf and Good Morning Spring. The scientific name for them is Claytonia Caroliniana. The lovely little blooms on this plant are white, red or pink. The foliage is a medium green that provides a great contrast for the bloom. These little beauties will bloom from early spring through midsummer and do quite well in partially shaded areas. They love moist soil types as long as good drainage is available. These plants will do best when planted in climate zones 5 through 9. Climate Zone: 5 through 9 Mature Height: 3 to 6 Inches Sunlight: Partial Shade Soil Type: Moist, Well-Drained
Carolina Spring Beauty Ships As: Bareroot Plant