Claytonia perfoliata

Winter purslane

  • Botanical name: Claytonia perfoliata
  • Common name: Winter purslane
  • Family: Portulacaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Winter purslane, Claytonia perfoliata, is sometimes called miner’s lettuce, and is typically used in winter salads. One of the hardiest salad crops available, it has heart-shaped, slightly succulent leaves, with a mild flavour. Both the leaves and flowering shoots can be eaten.


It self-seeds rapidly and can become invasive, although seedlings are shallow rooted and can be easily removed. Sow winter purslane in late summer for an autumn to early winter harvest, or in spring for a summer crop.

How to grow Claytonia perfoliata

  • Plant size

    15cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

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Do not Harvest in January

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Claytonia perfoliata and wildlife

Claytonia perfoliata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Claytonia perfoliata poisonous?

Claytonia perfoliata has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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