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Pink Purslane

Claytonia sibirica

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Montiaceae (Blinks)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
5 deeply notched pink petals, some white.
Fruit:
A wide egg-shaped seed capsule, up to 4mm long.
Leaves:
Linear, fleshy, stalkless leaves, arranged in opposite pairs along the stems.
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are fairly insipid-tasting but can be eaten, raw or cooked. You can put them in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Candy Flower, Candy Stripe, Chinese Chickweed, Indian Lettuce, Miner's Lettuce, Siberian Miner's Lettuce, Siberian Purslane, Siberian Spring Beauty.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, riverbanks, seaside, waterside, woodland.