Siberian miner's lettuce

Claytonia sibirica


Claytonia sibirica (candy flower, Siberian spring beauty, Siberian miner’s lettuce, or pink purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to the Commander Islands (including Bering Island) of Siberia, and western North America from the Aleutian Islands and coastal Alaska south through the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island, Cascade and Coast Ranges, to a southern limit in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Populations are also known from the Wallowa Mountains, Klamath Mountains, northern Idaho, and The Kootenai. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century, where it has become very widespread.


Young leaves are tasty raw as a crunchy salad green. Stem and flowers are edible.


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