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Claytonia megarhiza

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Parry ex S. Wats. Thickly and long taprooted, with many basal spathulate leaves having broadly winged stalks up to 10cm or more in length. Flowers up to ten, amongst or just above the leaves, in dense clusters, light to deep pink or white, with reddish veins, 2-3cm across. Washington State to New Mexico, at high altitudes in scree and loose rocks. C.m. var. nivalis has rose-pink to occasionally almost yellow flowers, Washington State only. C.m. var. bellidifolia, see C. bellidifolia. Not too difficult to grow if given the same conditions as Lewisia tweedyi, but apt to be shy flowering.