Can anyone tell me this "plant's" id?

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We had a load of soil brought in when we filled in our pool last year. This plant/weed? is growing in several places where the new lawn will be put. I kind of like it fot it's oddness - unusual form. This is the smallest one of 3 plants that have come up so far. thankks in advance
q can anyone tell me this plant s id, gardening
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  • LouAnne S LouAnne S on Apr 08, 2012
    Why is this only showing on my profile page and not the feed ? It says there have been 94 views...NO ONE has ever seen this before? Do you all need a closer picture????

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Apr 08, 2012
    Hi Louanne, it is showing up in the feed as well. You just need to sort by "new" (upper right hand side of the homepage). It must be that no one has been able to identify it yet, I certainly can't :) But don't worry, I'm sure you will have some your answer soon.

  • 3po3 3po3 on Apr 08, 2012
    I have never seen anything like this either, but I am in a very different climate. You could take a clipping to a good local nursery you trust. They might be able to help you.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 09, 2012
    LouAnne, I sent the photo to a gardening friend in California, who identifies it as Claytonia perfoliata. The common name, miner's lettuce, refers to its use by California Gold Rush miners, who ate it to get their vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Some folks apparently still eat it today, raw in salads. The leaves start out green, but turn a deep red as they dry out.

    • Judy Judy on Jul 29, 2014
      @Douglas Hunt Good job Doug! Enjoyed the history lesson too. It looked familiar to me & the first thing that popped into my head was miner's lettuce but I've never seen it turn red like that before.

  • Ruth K Ruth K on Apr 09, 2012
    oh I like this send me some LOL really if its that hardy put some roots in a zip bag and send it to me.

  • LouAnne S LouAnne S on Apr 09, 2012
    Well Ruth, you know what they say...."A weed is just an undiscovered treasure!"

  • Fieldstone Design Fieldstone Design on Apr 09, 2012
    Hellebore!

  • Tamber B Tamber B on Apr 09, 2012
    That looks like a plant i see growing out in the fields by the lake mmm not sure what it is though, maybe you should as a botanist at your local college

  • Carol Carol on Apr 09, 2012
    Fieldstone - Hellebore was the first thing I thought of too.

  • Carol S Carol S on Apr 09, 2012
    I love this plant!!! Wish I knew what it was. Am taking notes on the answers. i have Hellebore and the flowers are nothing like this. LOVE the colors!.

  • Mary C Mary C on Apr 09, 2012
    maybe call your local landscapers or garden centers.

  • Debora P Debora P on Apr 09, 2012
    Some alien weed! LOL!

  • Elaine V Elaine V on Apr 09, 2012
    Helleborous, also known as Lenten Rose!!!! It comes in all colors!

  • Betsey D Betsey D on Apr 09, 2012
    I would go with miner's lettuce - always look it up, not guess. I knew it looked familiar but only saw it in books, as I am in NY. It is fascinating and I would put it into pots or a special place as a garden plant. It is lovely. We have some odd species on our property because there is a "micro climate" and the builders of the house were from way down South and planted them. It makes for a splendid and unique property. ENJOY! :)

  • Gloria D Gloria D on Apr 09, 2012
    I googled miners lettuce and it does look just like this only it is very green, grows in the shade and wet areas, People up north have it but are over whelmed by it. Very good for salads. I would like some of this myself.

  • Nancy J Nancy J on Apr 09, 2012
    Don't know what it is but I think it's pretty cool! No reason to discard a plant because it appears to be a weed. Make a garden of it, you might find it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

  • Angie S Angie S on Apr 09, 2012
    Hellrbores or Lenten Rose! pretty sure!

  • Deborah C Deborah C on Apr 09, 2012
    It sort of looks like a Hellebore to me as well.But where is the foliage?

  • Evelyn R Evelyn R on Apr 09, 2012
    Very pretty; it's a keeper.

  • Kelly S Kelly S on Apr 09, 2012
    We have something like it here. It grows where there's lots of water, mostly under my outside spigots! The roots are shallow so it's easy to get rid of if you want but it's unusual and pretty so plan around it. I don't like having plants close to my foundation so the ones at the spigot usually don't have a choice.

  • Karla H Karla H on Apr 10, 2012
    Have any of you seen "Little Shop of Horrors"? Beware of strange plants. I agree it looks like Hellebores or Lenten Rose.

  • Evelyn R Evelyn R on Apr 10, 2012
    I'm sure Douglas' friend is correct. It's not like any Hellebore I've ever seen - the stems are way different and it would be covered with leaves. I'll have to check this out and see if it grows here. I think it's gorgeous.

  • LouAnne S LouAnne S on Apr 10, 2012
    I have confirmed that Douglas's friend is correct. I'm potting the ones in the way of the ongoing landscaping and locally I even have found friends who have actually eaten Miner's Lettuce. They say it's good. I think all of them together will be an interesting display - IF it ever stops raining here! Thanks all!

  • Lavinnea Lavinnea on Jul 29, 2014
    This IS Miner's Lettuce and it is edible. It reseeds easily and comes up every year all over the yard. It's good added to our salads. This particular specimen doesn't look happy as they are usually deep green- my guess is too much sun or not enough water.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 29, 2014
    Douglas Hunt nailed it in comment # 5. It's miner's lettuce. As you can see, it's all over Ca. but we have it here in Or. too. http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Claytonia+perfoliata

  • Sandra Chapman Sandra Chapman on Aug 03, 2015
    Know you have received an answer already but for future reference on mystery plants your county extension office is always s sure bet.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Sep 17, 2015
    Edible! I will have to get some.