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Winter Purslane

Claytonia perfoliata

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Montiaceae (Blinks)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny white flowers with 5 petals and sometimes slightly notched.
Fruit:
A seed capsule with 3 valves. The capsule contains 1 to 3 smooth, shiny seeds. The maximum diameter of a seed is 3mm.
Leaves:
Flat, roughly circular, succulent leaves. The leaves are pierced by the stems, right through their centres.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The succulent leaves can be eaten raw or cooked but are best when young before they become bitter-tasting. They taste like cucumber. The stalks and the flowers can be eaten raw and are good in salads. The bulb can be eaten raw.
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:
Cuban Spinach, Indian Lettuce, Miner's Lettuce, Spring Beauty.
Habitats:
Farmland, roadsides, sand dunes, seaside, towns, wasteland, waterside, woodland.