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I recently found this flower on a north facing, shady bank in woodland (UK) with sandy soil. I've never seen anything like it before, a small, white flower sprouting out of a single, large leaf. What is it?

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That is Claytonia perfoliata, known as Miner's Lettuce in the US. It's often used as a salad green in winter lettuce mixes. It's extraordinarily cold hardy. Not much flavor though (at least in my opinion).

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+1 Miner's lettuce. Graze on it as you weed, it is a good source of water at least. –  Fiasco Labs Apr 19 at 17:42
    
wish I had some.. –  J. Musser Jun 26 at 23:17

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