Miner’s Lettuce

Miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) closely resembles streambank spring beauty (Claytonia parviflora  – see 04/22/2015). The most obvious field difference between the two plants is that miner’s lettuce has spade shaped leaf blades while streambank spring beauty’s basal leaves are narrow and linear. Both grow in moist areas and have edible leaves. This miner’s lettuce specimen was growing along Ash Creek (Lassen County CA).

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2 Responses to Miner’s Lettuce

  1. Yoona Lee says:

    Miner’s lettuce is also edible! It tastes like a heartier spinach and apparently nourished miners in the late winter months. But once it flowers, it takes on a sharp, unpleasant taste (which I learned the hard way).

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