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spring beauty

noun
1.
any American spring plant belonging to the genus Claytonia, of the purslane family, especially C. virginica, having an elongated cluster of white flowers tinged with pink.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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Examples from the web for spring beauty
  • spring beauty is one of the earliest-blooming flowers.
  • The early spring display of wild flowers, which includes marsh marigold and spring beauty, attracts visitors.
  • The little spring beauty, a purslane, with its five petals veined with pink blooms from early spring until midsummer.
  • spring beauty flowers early, too, but it is about twice as tall.
British Dictionary definitions for spring beauty

spring beauty

noun
1.
a pale green annual plant (Claytonia perfoliata) of the purslane family, originally North American, having small white flowers above fused leaves that encircle the stem
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Encyclopedia Article for spring beauty

(species Claytonia virginica), small, succulent, spring-flowering perennial plant of the purslane family (Portulacaceae), native to eastern North America and often planted in moist shady areas of rock gardens. It grows to 30 cm (12 inches) from a globose corm and produces narrow leaves and a loose cluster of small delicate white flowers tinged with pink.

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