LETTUCE MINERS CLAYTONIA PERFORLIATA ROUND LEAVES WITH A TINY FLOWER IN THE CENTRE! EDIBLE VITAMIN C RICH HERB $1.50

MINER’S LETTUCE CLAYTONIA PERFORLIATA WAS EATEN TO PREVENT SCURVY BY THE MINERS IN THE CALIFORNIAN GOLDRUSH – A RARE HEIRLOOM – GROWS IN A CIRCLE THEN A LITTLE FLOWER POPS OUT IN THE MIDDLE! ADORABLE AND TOTALLY EDIBLE!

Small succulent round leafed plant, prefers a moist shady position in winter. Native to North America where it was a valued part of miners diets in 1850’s, where it prevented scurvy, eat raw or steamed.

The common name of miner’s lettuce refers to how the plant was used by miners during the California Gold Rush, who ate it 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 actual lettuce that is cultivated. Sometimes, however, it is boiled like spinach, which it resembles in taste and chemical composition.

It has been widely naturalized in western Europe, after being introduced there in the eighteenth century, possibly by the naturalist Archibald Menzies, who brought it to Kew Gardens in London in 1794.

Ideally Miners Lettuce should be grown with other plants that like growing in damp soil such as American Upland Cress and Kang Kong (we have those in stock now).

Grow Notes
Prefers full to dappled sun, in moist, sandy and well-draining soil. Grows all year round in cool positions in dappled sunlight.

It is classified as hardy so it will tolerate poor soil conditions and very cold winters.

Sow
Sow direct in Winter, Spring and Autumn. Sow seed at 1mm depth and with 30cm plant spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-10 days at 10-15°C

Maturity
50 days.

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Seed Count: 30
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