Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because germination can be very slow and irregular, and they require patience. Apparently they need a warm-moist period, then a cold-moist period, to germinate. These seeds have been mixed with moist vermiculite and stored warm-moist since June 10, 2021. One option is to sow them outdoors, about 1/8″ deep, as soon as you receive them, in a pot or in a holding bed. They should germinate in spring of 2022 but may take an additional year. If you want to speed things along, you could try providing a cold-moist period in your refrigerator for 2 to 3 months (starting around mid-August 2021), a warm period (75° to 80°F) for 2 to 3 months, and then another cold-moist period to encourage sprouting. Expect them to take several years to reach flowering size. After that, they are likely to self-sow and can form nice patches over time.

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Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) is a spring-blooming woodland wildflower with slender green leaves and clusters of dainty white flowers striped with pink inside. This charming U.S. native typically reaches 6 to 8 inches tall in bloom. The clumps go dormant by early summer. This species is reportedly hardy in USDA Zones 3 or 4 to 9.

2020-collected seed sold out. I hope to collect again in May 2022, from plants growing wild in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. At least 20 seeds per packet, along with some moist vermiculite.

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