Miners Lettuce

Botanical Name: Claytonia perfoliata
Family: Portulacaceae
Also Known As: Montia perfoliata, Montia sibirica, winter purslane, spring beauty, Cuban spinach or Indian lettuce
Origin: western mountain and coastal areas of USA and Canada
Source: Oakdale Organics

A lovely spade-shaped leaf atop a long petiole (word of the day! the stalk that attaches the leaf blade to the stem) with a rosette shaped growth habit. As it matures, looks like flowers start growing through the leaves. It’s crazy sexy: the flowers are hermaphrodites and are pollinated by flies.

  • 29/03/2010 Planted miners lettuce punnets in covered raised vege garden
  • 15/05/2010 Have been enjoying in salads, on sandwiches, in soups and everywhere one might want greens. They’re visually appealing and taste like sweet spinach.