Also known as "miner’s lettuce," claytonia is a great salad green for the winter garden. It is a favorite of Eliot Coleman’s. Since it is really a weed, it volunteers easily. This patch is from the claytonia I planted last winter that I let go to seed. It tastes a lot like chickweed, which is also abundant this time of year. I like the taste a lot, a little succulent with a tiny bite. Tiny leaves, too, which is why I let it go to seed last year. I kept waiting for it to get bigger.

This is a wonderful niche plant. Since it only likes cold weather, I planted it under the big maple tree at the corner of the Back Forty. It gets sun in the winter.