Herb: Bering Sea Spring Beauty


Latin name: Claytonia acutifolia


Family: Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)



Edible parts of Bering Sea Spring Beauty:

Root - raw or cooked. Large and fleshy. The root was usually eaten with oil. Leaves - raw or cooked. Flowers - raw. A nice decoration in a salad.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
March

Habitat of the herb:

Tundra and stony slopes of bald mountains.

Propagation of Bering Sea Spring Beauty:

Seed - surface sow on a peat based compost in spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks at 10C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Division of offsets in spring or autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Tundra and stony slopes of bald mountains.

Medicinal use of Bering Sea Spring Beauty:

None known

Known hazards of Claytonia acutifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.