- any of the low, succulent plants constituting the genus Claytonia of the purslane family, having basal leaves and long clusters of white or rose-colored flowers.
Origin of claytonia
< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after Dr. John Clayton (1693–1773), Virginia botanist; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for claytonia
These were Apios tuberosa, and Claytonia acutiflora, or Virginiana.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
The Claytonia Virginica observed in flower in favorable spots.
Her name is Claytonia, and she lives in pleasant places in the woods, and hides under the leaves in winter-time.A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls
Albert Bigelow Paine
- any low-growing North American succulent portulacaceous plant of the genus Claytonia
C18: named after John Clayton (1693–1773), American botanist