Claytonia perfoliata

Sort of rolls off your tongue if you say it outloud. Clay-toe-nee-ah  Per foe-lee-ah-ta…Miners lettuce which you will find in the UPCG garden is an edible green. This excerpt from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: “(Claytonia perfoliata) This West Coast native appears abundantly there in the early spring. Succulent, mildtasting leaves are not unlike spinach in texture, and saved many Gold Rush miners from scurvy. Enjoy it in salads or lightly steamed. Also makes a charming ground cover in the spring garden. Also known as Winter Purslane.”

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