Herb: Pink Purslane
Latin name: Claytonia sibirica
Synonyms: Claytonia alsinoides, Montia sibirica
Family: Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Medicinal use of Pink Purslane:The plant is diuretic. A poultice of the chewed leaves has been applied to cuts and sores. The juice of the plant has been used as eye drops for sore red eyes. A cold infusion of the stems has been used as an antidandruff wash for the hair.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Damp woods, shaded streamsides etc, especially on sandy acid soils.
Edible parts of Pink Purslane:Leaves - raw or cooked. They usually have a fairly bland flavour and are quite nice in a salad or cooked as a green vegetable. The leaves have a distinct earthy after-taste rather like raw beetroot. They are available all year round but can turn rather bitter in the summer, especially if the plant is growing in a hot dry position. Although on the small side, the leaves are produced in abundance and are very easily harvested.
Other uses of the herb:A good ground cover plant for a shady position. This species is a short-lived perennial but it usually self-sows freely and gives a dense weed-excluding ground cover.
Propagation of Pink Purslane:Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.
Cultivation of the herb:Damp woods, shaded streamsides etc, especially on sandy acid soils.
Known hazards of Claytonia sibirica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.