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The Flora of Mount Shasta

Miner's Lettuce

Purslane Family (Portulacaceae) Montia perfoliata
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Miner's Lettuce © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Flower: Tiny white to pale pink

Blooms: April to July

Leaves: Fleshy green umbrella-like leaves

Height: 4 to12 inches

Found: Moist places

Tidbits: Eaten by miners for its source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy during the gold rush. Native Americans brewed tea from dried plants for a laxative.


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