Spring Beauty
Fact File
Taken at Aberlady on 4th May 2014 with Panasonic Lumix LX5 in macro mode.




 

 
Spring Beauty.
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AKA:
Claytonia perfoliata.
Montiaceae.
Annual.
miner's lettuce, winter purslane or Indian lettuce
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Prefers cool, damp conditions.
February/May - June
40 cms.
The common name miner's lettuce refers to its use by California Gold Rush miners who ate it to get their vitamin C to prevent scurvy. It can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Most commonly it is eaten raw in salads, but it is not quite as delicate as other lettuce. Sometimes it is boiled like spinach, which it resembles in taste.
It is widely naturalized in western Europe. It was introduced there in the eighteenth century, possibly by the naturalist Archibald Menzies, who brought it to Kew Gardens in 1794.