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Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica) - Native perennial groundcover with white to pink candy-striped flowers and dark green, succulent, edible leaves. Ideal for shady, moist woodland gardens. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica) - Native perennial groundcover with white to pink candy-striped flowers and dark green, succulent, edible leaves. Ideal for shady, moist woodland gardens. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica) - Native perennial groundcover with white to pink candy-striped flowers and dark green, succulent, edible leaves. Ideal for shady, moist woodland gardens. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica) - Native perennial groundcover with white to pink candy-striped flowers and dark green, succulent, edible leaves. Ideal for shady, moist woodland gardens. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

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Claytonia sibirica

Candyflower, also known as miner’s lettuce, is a native groundcover with white to pink candy-striped flowers and dark green, semi-succulent, edible leaves. It grows as an annual or short-lived perennial, but will reseed readily, forming lush, self-sustaining patches of groundcover in woodland gardens. It puts on an impressive show of adorable blooms; occasionally beginning in mild winter months, coming into full force by spring and holding through summer. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: deciduous annual or short-lived perennial herbaceous plant
  • Size at maturity: 0-1' high, spreads by seed to form a groundcover
  • Light requirements: full shade, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil, prefers well-drained
  • Bloom time: Feb - Sept
  • Growth rate/ease: grows quickly, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: attracts and supports bees and other insect pollinators
  • Native habitat/range: common in moist places in forests, streambanks, along coast and to mid-elevations; shaded swamps, seeps, and wet meadows at upper elevations (only up to 2000m) across the Pacific Northwest - but not in the arid areas of central WA and OR. Portland Plant List - yes. 
  • Special features & uses: groundcover; leaves are edible raw in salads and as a sauteed green; landscape uses include woodland gardens and shady raingardens  

Gardening with Candyflower: This succulent groundcover requires most to entirely shady areas with moist, well-drained soil, making it an ideal and charming addition to woodland gardens, streambanks, and shady raingardens. It combines beautifully with ferns, wild ginger and false Solomon’s seal. 

Photo Credit 1 & 4: Nikkie West, Sparrowhawk Native Plants

Photo Credit 2: "Claytonia sibirica (Candy Flower)" by S. Rae is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Photo Credit 3: "20170529_6626 Claytonia sibirica" by chipmunk_1 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0