Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2010

Miner’s lettuce

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 8:52 pm

As the name implies, this was allegedly used as a a salad green by early prospectors. The leaves contain vitamins A and C.

Miner's lettuce

Miner's lettuceMiner’s lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata, Purslane family



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  2. That is an adorable little plant. I’ve seen the seeds sold as a salad green in some of the higher end seed catalog, but have never tried growing it. Have you tasted it?


    Comment by kateri — June 13, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    • No, I have not tasted it. I’ve seen it only rarely and wasn’t aware that folks grew it as a green. Sure is an interesting leaf pattern and a pretty plant.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 8:40 am

  3. Good old miner’s lettuce.I always liked the name and wondered how it might work out in a tossed salad.


    Comment by knightofswords — June 13, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    • It is an interesting name. Makes me wonder why it was named after miners or prospectors instead of others.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  4. Oh, I’ve missed your photos.

    Have you tried eating the miner’s lettuce? I’d be curious to know what it tastes like.


    Comment by teaspoon — June 13, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    • No, I haven’t tried it. I eat a variety of wild berries, but few other wild plants.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  5. Hmmmm…. interesting … for salads, huh? Pretty to look at!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 13, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    • Now everyone’s getting my curiosity up. Next time I run across this plant I’ll try some. Can’t be as good as water cress from an ice cold mountain stream though!


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  6. love the pictures. never would think to try these kind of things in a salad. but they are pretty to look at!


    Comment by silken — June 13, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    • I always wonder who it was that first tried eating things like this and what his life span might have been!


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  7. Pretty flower on that plant. I think it grows where there is a lot of water near stream shorelines in CA where I used to live.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 13, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    • This one was not far from the river, but well above the high water mark. I’ve seen them along high trails too, but I’m sure there have been many that I’ve missed.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  8. The leaf formation seems interesting: how it encircles the stem…


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 13, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

  9. Hmmmm, tasty. Actually, I don’t know. I went to a party once where they had a salad made out of all sorts of flowers and other plants. It was good enough but it seemed a little strange.


    Comment by Candace — June 13, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

    • You may be too young to remember Euell Gibbons who was quite popular during the 60’s as an outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets. He surely would have know about this plant.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

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