Winter purslane, miner’s lettuce or Indian lettuce, as Claytonia perfoliata is commonly known, can be found along roadsides, roadsides, in parks or gardens. This popular plant is an introduced species in Europe, originally from North America. It can be used like lettuce.
Winter purslane is not related to the common purslane (Portulaca oleracea), which is also edible.
The growing and flowering season lasts from autumn to spring. The annual plant dies after flowering.
Winter purslane in the garden
Winter purslane grows well in partial shade. It is sown in the autumn, which is from September to December here in central Europe. The soil should be humusy to slightly loamy and evenly moist for a lush crop.
Gathering winter purslane
Because of the many dogs, I would not collect winter purslane and other herbs in urban areas, but rather grow them myself in the garden or on the balcony.