Miner's lettuce is a Californian's first wild green. This is an incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green. Recently it has gained popularity in the gourmet greens world, attracting organic growers and chefs. Late winter and spring are its natural season, which can be extended simply by planting it later and insuring it is kept moist throughout its growth cycle. It is also an attractive short term (3 month) ground cover which can be helpful in controlling spring growth of invasive non-native grasses.
It thrives in both sun and part-shade and has an uncanny ability to appear in odd places, such as in planter boxes on second stories. Possibly native ants are attracted to the white spot on one end, the elaiosome, and help disseminate this plant.
Miner's lettuce is found in some wildflower fields with good moisture levels, the earliest to bloom and set seed. In this way, it is compatible with meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii).