Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Native Plants - Siberian Miner's Lettuce or Candy Flower

This pretty little purslane brightens moist, shady areas- it's in most openings and along the edges of my woods.

The flowers are small, and might not be noticed if they didn't grow in communities.

Here it is in community with an import - an Eurasian weed called Herb-Robert, Geranium robertianum. The flowers are a bit larger and darker than Siberian Miner's Lettuce, and has a strong smell.

This annual or short-lived perennial is somewhat succulent. According to Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, the leaves are edible, but were not used as food by native peoples. They were for a variety of health purposes.

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