Mountain Lettuce (Saxifraga micranthidifolia)

Perennial
S. erosa. Pursh. Micranthes micranthidifolia.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mountain Lettuce
Saxifraga micranthidifolia
Saxifragaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[46, 61, 105, 123, 257]. A highly-prized salad in the areas where it grows wild[207]. It can also be cooked as a greens, going well with Allium tricoccum[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in the spring. Surface sow, or only just cover the seed, and make sure that the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
We have almost no information for this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it is likely to succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers an open soil surrounded by stones[1]. Grows well in a rock garden.
Eastern N. America – Pennsylvania and W. Virginia to Georgia and Tennessee.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.