Spring beauty

IOMWildFlowers

Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Rare on the island, this flower is only found in a few places.

There are several other plants that share the common name “Spring beauty”. Other common names for this plant are “miner’s lettuce”, “indian lettuce” and “winter purslane”.

The fleshy leaves of this plant are rich in vitamin C and were eaten by miners during the gold rush in California (hence the name “miner’s lettuce”).

The Manx name for this plant is “Caillin yn arree”, which means “Young woman of spring”.

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