Miner’s Lettuce

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Siberian Miners Lettuce (Candy Flower) Montia sibirica

Edible leaves and flowers are nice in salads. This grows wild in our area. Natural. Low growing herb to 12” high. Wild edge of shady forest plant.
Flowers: on long thin stem, five notched petals, star-shaped, with thin red lines. Blooms March to June.
Leaves: Long petioles, basal leaves forming a crown, leaves on flowering stems two, opposite. Slightly acid, somewhat succulent.
Best tasting wild salad greens.
Stems, leaves and roots are delicious raw or cooked.

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