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Montia fontana - L.

Common Name Water Blinks, Annual water minerslettuce
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Streamsides, springs, flushes, wet places among rocks, moist pastures etc, especially on non-calcareous soils[17]. It is also found in arable fields in S.W. England[17].
Range Temperate regions throughout the world, including Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Montia fontana Water Blinks, Annual water minerslettuce


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Montia fontana Water Blinks, Annual water minerslettuce
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Montia fontana is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to October, and the seeds ripen from June to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects, Cleistogomy (self-pollinating without flowers ever opening). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw[46, 61, 177, 183]. Fairly bland, they are quite nice in a salad. The leaves can turn bitter in summer, especially if the plant is growing in a hot dry position.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist peaty soil. A polymorphic species[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates rapidly.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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