Taxonomy

Claytonia perfoliata | Springbeauty | Plúirín earraigh

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Neophyte

Species Biology

Habitat

Woodland margins and waste places

Life cycle

Annual

Ex-situ conservation

Not known

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

A native of north America and a rare casual in Ireland. Can be a locally persistant weed, possibly introduced with imported plants or trees. The common name for it is 'Miner's lettuce' as it was eaten as a leaf vegetable by the Californian minors during the gold rush for its rich vitamin C content to combat scurvy. The leaves can also be eaten as a salad.

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