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).

  • +1 Miner's lettuce. Graze on it as you weed, it is a good source of water at least. Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 17:42

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