Miner’s Lettuce Along the Garapito Trail

Miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

In the lower elevations of Southern California, miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) usually sprouts in mid Winter. It is typically found in shady areas of the chaparral understory. It grows in nearly every county of California, and probably occurs in all but the most arid parts of the western U.S.

Miner’s Lettuce was reportedly eaten by Gold Rush miners to help prevent scurvy.

From today’s run on the Garapito Trail, in the Santa Monica Mountains, near Los Angeles.