|Latin name: Claytonia perfoliata
(syn. Montia perfoliata)
|Common name: Miner's lettuce
|Habit: Mounding, up to 1 foot tall and wide.
|Foliage: Initially the foliage has
long petioles and shaped like a snake's head. Later, foliage completely
encircles the stem (a term called perfoliate, which is where the species
name is derived).
|Flowers: Flowers occur in racemes.
Each flower has 5 white petals. Flowers are perfect (male and
|Notes: The common name, Miner's lettuce,
is attributed to the fact that miners use to eat the plant for salad greens.
The generic name, Claytonia, is named for John Clayton, a botanist of the 1600's. The specific name, perfoliata, refers to the perfoliate leaves that are attached at the base to completely encircle the stem.