Lettuce - Miner's

Lettuce - Miner's

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Claytonia perfoliata

Miner's Lettuce is a small, hardy, herbaceous, slightly succulent annual plant, also known as Winter Purslane.  During the gold rush, miners ate it to prevent scurvy, giving the plant its common name.  Miner’s lettuce is light green in colour, and has round, disk-like leaves, which surround its smooth, tender stem. The stem passes directly through the round leaf and this makes identification easy. After the plant has bloomed, there is a small white or pinkish coloured flower growing on top of its rounded leaves.

Miner's lettuce can grow up to 30cm but is generally smaller.  Flowers, leaves and roots are edible. Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Older leaves can turn bitter especially in the Summer and if the plant is growing in a hot dry location. Flowers can be tossed into a salad.

Grows all year round in cool positions in part sun. Great for growing under trees. Loves sandy well drained positions and tolerates poor soil conditions and harsh cold winters. Can be used as a ground cover. 

Sow seed approx. 1mm deep, Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Direct sow where plant is to grow, germination approx. 7 - 10 days.  Part or full sun, moist well drained soil.  Matures in approx. 50 days.

20 seeds per packet

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