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Common Name: Water Blinks
Montia fontana is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Temperate regions throughout the world, including Britain.
Streamsides, springs, flushes, wet places among rocks, moist pastures etc, especially on non-calcareous soils[
]. It is also found in arable fields in S.W. England[
Prefers a moist peaty soil.
A polymorphic species[
Leaves - raw[
]. Fairly bland, they are quite nice in a salad. The leaves can turn bitter in summer, especially if the plant is growing in a hot dry position.
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.