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Common Name: Pink Purslane
Claytonia sibirica is a Evergreen Annual/Perennial up to 0.15 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - Siberia. Western N. America - Alaska to California. Naturalized in Britain.
Damp woods, shaded streamsides etc, especially on sandy acid soils[
]. Thickets of red alder, dogwood, vine-leaf maple, moist shaded coniferous forests from sea level to 2000 metres[
A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it prefers a moist peaty soil[
] and is unhappy in dry situations[
]. It succeeds in full sun[
] though is happier when given some shade and also grows in the dense shade of beech trees[
Plants usually self-sow freely[
This is an excellent and trouble-free salad plant. It is extremely cold-hardy and can provide edible leaves all year round in all areas of the country even if it is not given protection[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. They usually have a fairly bland flavour and are quite nice in a salad or cooked as a green vegetable. The leaves have a distinct earthy after-taste rather like raw beetroot[
]. They are available all year round but can turn rather bitter in the summer, especially if the plant is growing in a hot dry position[
]. Although on the small side, the leaves are produced in abundance and are very easily harvested[
The plant is diuretic[
A poultice of the chewed leaves has been applied to cuts and sores[
The juice of the plant has been used as eye drops for sore red eyes[
A cold infusion of the stems has been used as an antidandruff wash for the hair[
A good ground cover plant for a shady position[
]. This species is a short-lived perennial but it usually self-sows freely and gives a dense weed-excluding ground cover[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.