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What does miner's lettuce look like?

Last Updated: 1st March, 2020

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Distinguishing Features. Miner's lettuce is a small, herbaceous, slightly succulent annual plant. Miner's lettuce is light green in colour, and has round, disk-like leaves, which surround its smooth, tender stem.

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Then, how do you identify a miner's lettuce?

Identification: Miner's Lettuce has two leaves fused together with the stem and white flowers in the center. They have a distinct look to them, looking like a circle or heart shape with a deep, smooth green color and little flowers or bulbs in the center.

Beside above, is Miner's lettuce edible? Yes, miner's lettuce is edible, hence the name. Miners used to eat the plant as salad greens, as well as the edible blossoms and stems of the plant. All these portions of Claytonia can be eaten either raw or cooked and are a great source of vitamin C.

Regarding this, what does miner lettuce taste like?

The effect is tart, smooth, a little crunchy, and very “green” tasting. Miner's lettuce is also known as winter purslane (they're both in the portulaca family) and if you have ever eaten regular summer purslane, you can appreciate the succulent texture of this plant.

Is Miner's lettuce healthy?

What's wonderful is that it's incredibly nutritious and easy to to grow. A single salad of miner's lettuce can provide up to a 1/3 of your daily vitamin C, 1/5 of your daily vitamin A, and a 10th of your daily iron.

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Is Miner's lettuce native to California?

Miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Miner's lettuce, a native winter annual broadleaf plant, is part of a complex of species and subspecies with slightly varying characteristics. It is found throughout California (except for the lower desert areas) to about 6600 feet (2000 m).

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What animals eat miner's lettuce?

Gold miners ate the plant in abundance as it was widely found growing wild in California. Today Miner's lettuce is also a source of food for animals, providing a grazing source for gophers, flocking birds, quail, doves, and cattle.

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Is lettuce a flower?

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is an annual plant of the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its stem and seeds.

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Can lettuce be grown in winter?

There are also specialized cold-hardy varieties that do not tolerate heat (because they have a relatively low water content). Sow these in fall and winter only. During the winter we harvest lettuce by the leaf, rather than cutting heads. We don't grow butterhead lettuce (bibbs) after the end of August.

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Can rabbits eat miner's lettuce?

Rabbits shouldn't eat some lettuces (e.g. iceberg) as they contain lactucarium which can be harmful in large quantities. Some lettuce is "worse" than others - light-coloured varieties are high in water and have very little nutritional value, so are not recommended.

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What is purslane good for?

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