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Pink Purslane

Claytonia sibirica

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Montiaceae (Blinks)
Also in this family:
Life Cycle:
Annual or Perennial
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Grassland, meadows, riverbanks, seaside, waterside, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
5 deeply notched pink petals, some white.
A wide egg-shaped seed capsule, up to 4mm long.
Linear, fleshy, stalkless leaves, arranged in opposite pairs along the stems.
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  

Other Information


Claytonia sibirica, commonly known as Siberian miner's lettuce, is a species of flowering plant in the family Montiaceae. It is native to Siberia and northeastern Asia, but it is also found in other parts of North America and Europe as an introduced species. The plant is known for its small, white or pink flowers that bloom in the spring and summer, and its fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that are edible and high in vitamins. This plant can grow to around 5-30 cm tall, it forms a rosette of leaves with a long stem that carries the flowers. It is considered as a hardy and versatile plant, it can tolerate a wide range of soils and conditions. It prefers moist and well-drained soil and can grow in full sun or partial shade. It is also used as an ornamental plant and as a source of food for wild animals, and it is also used in traditional medicine.


Pink Purslane, scientifically known as Claytonia sibirica, is a beautiful and nutritious plant that is native to North America. It is also commonly known as Siberian Spring Beauty or Candy Flower. This lovely plant has a delicate pink color and a subtle fragrance that makes it a popular choice for gardens and landscaping.

Description and Habitat

Pink Purslane is a perennial plant that grows to about 6-12 inches in height. It has slender, succulent stems that are green or pink in color, depending on the amount of sunlight they receive. The leaves of this plant are ovate or lanceolate, and they are about 1-2 inches in length. The flowers of Pink Purslane are delicate and pink, with five petals that are arranged in a star shape. They bloom in the spring and summer and have a sweet, delicate fragrance.

Pink Purslane is found in a wide range of habitats, including meadows, forests, and rocky slopes. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade, although it can also tolerate full sun.

Nutritional Value

Pink Purslane is not only beautiful, but it is also highly nutritious. It is a rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, and potassium. In fact, Pink Purslane contains more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than spinach. This makes it an excellent addition to salads and other dishes.

Culinary Uses

Pink Purslane has a slightly sour and salty taste, which makes it an ideal addition to salads and other dishes. The young leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked, and they make a great addition to stir-fries and soups. The flowers of Pink Purslane are also edible and can be used to garnish dishes or as a colorful addition to salads.

Health Benefits

Due to its high nutritional content, Pink Purslane has several health benefits. It is known to improve digestion, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties and can help to lower cholesterol levels.

In conclusion, Pink Purslane is a beautiful and nutritious plant that is a great addition to any garden or landscape. Its delicate pink flowers and subtle fragrance make it a popular choice for ornamental purposes, while its high nutritional content and health benefits make it a valuable addition to any diet. Whether eaten raw or cooked, Pink Purslane is a tasty and healthy addition to any meal.

More Information about Pink Purslane

Pink Purslane is not only a nutritious and ornamental plant but also has several traditional medicinal uses. In traditional medicine, it has been used to treat various ailments such as digestive problems, respiratory infections, and skin conditions.

The mucilage content in Pink Purslane has been found to soothe and protect the skin. This makes it a popular ingredient in skincare products such as creams, lotions, and balms. It has also been used to treat minor cuts and burns due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Pink Purslane is also a popular herb in folklore and mythology. According to some Native American tribes, Pink Purslane was believed to bring good luck and prosperity. It was also believed to have magical powers and was used in rituals to promote fertility and abundance.

Pink Purslane is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow and propagate. It can be grown in containers, rock gardens, or as a ground cover. It is a great addition to any garden, especially for those who are interested in edible landscaping or herbalism.

Pink Purslane is also an important plant for pollinators. Its beautiful flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other insects, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to support pollinators in their garden.

In addition to its aesthetic and ecological benefits, Pink Purslane is also a sustainable choice for those interested in reducing their environmental impact. It is a hardy plant that requires minimal water and can thrive in a variety of soil types. This makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping, which is the practice of landscaping with plants that require minimal water.

Pink Purslane is a plant with cultural significance. It has been used for centuries by indigenous communities for food and medicine. By growing and appreciating Pink Purslane, we can honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of these communities.

One interesting fact about Pink Purslane is that it is part of the Montessori curriculum for children. Montessori schools often have gardens and teach children about growing and caring for plants. Pink Purslane is a great choice for this curriculum because it is easy to grow and maintain, and its edible leaves provide a fun and nutritious activity for children.

Another fun fact about Pink Purslane is that it is sometimes referred to as "Miner's Lettuce." This is because during the California Gold Rush, miners would eat the plant to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. The plant was so named because it was commonly found growing in mining camps and was often used by miners as a source of food and nutrition.

Lastly, Pink Purslane is a great example of the diversity of plant life on our planet. It is a unique and fascinating plant that has adapted to thrive in a variety of habitats and conditions. By exploring the world of plants, we can gain a deeper understanding of the natural world and our place within it.


Pink Puslane filmed in Adlington, Lancashire on the 7th May 2023.


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