Thursday, January 19, 2012

Red Car Property: Native Miner's Lettuce

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 16, 2012.  Despite the lack of rain, native Miner's Lettuce is sprouting in the slope below Adelbert and among the historic viaduct footings.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Miner's Lettuce is edible but bitter tasting. It grows well in the shady slopes on the northern end of the Red Car Property.  In the winter, the slopes near the viaduct footings always seem to be wet, no matter how dry the past few months have been. 

Disclaimer: The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as Calflora and California Poison Control, on the issue of toxicity. We often get email suggesting some plants are edible. If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research.