Claytonia species

Common name: Miner's Lettuce, Indian Lettuce, Spring Beauty

A beautiful patch of Claytonia (Miner's Lettuce), San Diego, California; March 2020.

The plant commonly known as just Miner’s Lettuce (or Indian Lettuce, or Spring Beauty) holds a little surprise: including all subspecies, no less than 13 different ones grow in San Diego County. The two most common ones are Claytonia parviflora and Claytonia perfoliata, but their ranges and bloom periods overlap.

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