Winter purslane (spring beauty, Indian lettuce, miner's lettuce) (Claytonia perfoliata)


Montiaceae family (Montiaceae)

Winter purslane (spring beauty, Indian lettuce, miner's lettuce)


glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from beginning of September to beginning of October
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Planting: from September to mid October
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 15.00 – 20.0 cm x 10.0 – 15.00 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Height: 5 – 10 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: If sown: 8 weeks after seeding, if planted: 6 weeks after planting. Not before October and not after December
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny, shade
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Good Neighbours: Broad beans, Kale, Lamb's lettuce, Parsnips, Spinach
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> It is an undemanding plant which grows very rapidly. Once started, purslane will self seed.
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There are two varieties of undemanding annual purslane varieties: Summer and winter purslane
Winter purslane grows to a height of 10 to 15 cm. With its light pink to white flowers it can add some colour to the shaded places underneath trees.
Once started, purslane will self seed.


It prefers a sunny to shaded, warm location with well drained, moist garden soil.


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Broad beans, Kale, Lamb's lettuce, Parsnips, Spinach



Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

Lamb's lettuce


The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

How many years: Not to plant:


Winter purslane is winter-hardy, withstanding frost down to -20°C. A thick layer of bark mulch keeps the soil warm and moist.


Winter purslane

  • Needs light to germinate. Press the seeds onto the soil but do not cover
  • Germinates cold, i.e. at temperatures below 12°C.
Water sparingly, sow in batches.


Pests: Slugs
Control: Spray a solution made from elder leaves, bracken and fern, or a coffee solution


Thanks to its rapid growth, purslane can be harvested several times per season, providing the lowest leaves are left on the plant.
After flowering, the leaves take on a bitter taste. If you cut the plant back to two leaves, new, tender leaves will then sprout.
Once started, purslane will self seed.
Removing the flower buds in good time will prevent it from spreading uncontrollably.


Winter purslane is winter-hardy so it is best left in the bed and harvested as required.
In your fridge's vegetable cooler winter purslane in a dish, covered with a moist cloth at 2° to max. 4°C will keep for six to eight days.


Winter purslane:
Raw, the leaves, stalk and flowers are edible.
Cooked, it tastes similar to spinach.
It is possible to mistake moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) for purslane. Moss rose is a summer flower whose leaves are inedible but not poisonous. There are no health risks associated with eating moss rose.


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