• Miner’s lettuce surprising seedlings

    by  • February 27, 2012 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Winter

    Pot full of grass

    Pot, seemingly, full of grass

    While working on another project last January, I saw this pot full of grass seedlings,..looking so lush and full.  So I took a photo.

    Pot of Hyacinth bulbs

    Pot of Hyacinth bulbs in April

    This is the pot that for the last few years has held hyacinth bulbs and off season, I keep it in my potting area just waiting for April.  It has reliably bloomed with Easter egg color flowers the last four years with little care.

    Hyacinth surprise

    Hyacinth surprise

    Last April, I took a closer picture and noticed a few different blooms,…miner’s lettuce!

    Now back to  January, I thought, hmmm, I’d keep an eye on these ‘grass seedlings.’  Wondered what kind of grass, or weeds they’d be.  Oh, you can guess, right??

    Spidery Claytonia perfoliata Miner's Lettuce seedling

    Spidery Claytonia perfoliata Miner's Lettuce seedling in the ground

    Yes, looking down at the base of the ‘grass’ I did think, ‘Are these miner lettuce seedlings?’ Couldn’t be…growing so thickly together? And the miner’s lettuce growing aroun d the pot were on the ground, but no, there were those few in the pot last year….

    Yesterday, I looked again, to see the first few really ‘miner’s lettuce looking leaves.’  Yes, that’s definitely what they are.  Now what to do?  I’m thinking of where I cn tensplant a few plugs with out disturbing the bulbs, now starting to show.

    Miner's lettuce leaves

    Miner's lettuce leaves, Claytonia perfoliata, showing

    Miner's lettuce!

    Miner's lettuce! Talk about wintersowing, huh?


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.