Lance-Leaf Spring Beauty
Claytonia lanceolata Pall. ex Pursh
Lance-leaf springbeauty. Collected along the Lolo Trail, perhaps on Indian Graves Peak in Idaho Co., Idaho, on 27 Jun 1806. (Source)
The lance-leaf spring beauty is a perennial with flowers white to deep pink in color, many with darker pink lines on the petals; sepals 3-5 mm; 5 petals 5-12 cm There is one leaf to several flower stems with a pair of opposite leaves below the raceme; leaves lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, mostly less than 5 times as long as broad It is in flower in March, and the seeds ripen in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). We rate it 3 out of 5 for usefulness. The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained acid soil. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil. Rich soils that are moist in spring from the foothills to alpine slopes
The root either raw or cooked is rather palatable. The raw root has a pleasant radish-like taste, when baked it has the taste and texture of baked potato. The roots can be dried, ground into a powder and stored for later use.