Purslane and Portulaca forum: Are you a good Purslane, or bad?

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Moby
Jul 9, 2013 4:08 PM CST
Is there a way to tell the ornamental from the weedy type? For the last couple years, I've planted a lot of purslane and portulaca and kept the bed well-weeded. The portulaca has reseeded nicely. Does purslane come back from seed, even if it may not be the same colors as before? Or do I have tons of the weedy type, which is normal for my area?
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Boopaints
Jul 10, 2013 10:34 AM CST

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Purslane that is weedy usually has small yellow blooms. The ornamental has brighter and larger blooms of all colors. Both can happily take over a garden bed. Big Grin
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Jul 10, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Thanks ~ I was kinda hoping to skip the flower / seed stage. I'll try to watch and see if there is a difference in the stems and foliage. Smiling
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Jul 12, 2013 9:00 AM CST

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And take a photo if you can and then I can tell for sure Green Grin!
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Jul 13, 2013 9:54 PM CST
I did see a couple small yellow flowers here and there so I decided to pull them all. They are utter thugs compared to the portulaca that is in the bed. Last thing I need is to cultivate more weeds!
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 14, 2013 2:00 AM CST
Thanks for the photo. I've always wondered what the name of that ugly weed is. I sure get a lot of it and Preen doesn't seem to touch it.
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LindaTX8
Jul 14, 2013 8:11 AM CST
And yet...I envy you. Wild purslane doesn't seem to do well here, and I'd love to have it on my property! I eat purslane, BTW!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Moby
Jul 14, 2013 10:45 AM CST
I just don't find the peppery, lemon flavor that everyone talks about. I'd bet Susan and I could each send you a handful of soil and it would be so full of seed you'd have a whole crop. A little trivia, just for fun ~

From http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/sns-food-recipes... :

Known formally as portulaca oleracea, and informally as little hogweed, purslane is a succulent herb that looks, as one Baltimore chef put it, like a miniature jade plant. A more colorful description can be found in seed catalogs, which note that in Malawi, the name for the fleshy, round-leafed plant translates to "the buttocks of the wife of a chief."
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gardengus
Jul 16, 2013 1:04 PM CST
That description of ''buttocks '' does not make it sound tasty at all Hilarious!

I too eat it and do find it tasty especially with a bit of Italian dressing.
Linda, maybe you could grow some in a hanging pot. I do because my nasty cats use the area where it grows wild.
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LindaTX8
Jul 16, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Oh, I DO have the ornamental kind growing in pots in fresh potting soil! And sometimes some of the other will come up in my veggie garden, but never does very well. And elsewhere on my place, it won't even grow at all. My place is not a good location for certain plants. Especially since all the years of drought. The water here is not very good and I think during droughts stuff from the irrigation water builds up...and until we get some good years with adequate rainfall, it won't get flushed out...at least, that's my theory. Other plants do okay in spite of all this, as long as they get a little water.
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fixpix
Jul 17, 2013 12:48 AM CST
Geez, we have it everywhere. AS....weed!
Never thought it could be eaten.
I read it's mainly used raw in salads?
I should give it a try.
And... force feed my parents too :)
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Boopaints
Jul 18, 2013 10:30 AM CST

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Be really careful you don't eat spurge which is not a good thing. Whistling

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Take a few minutes to browse this forum for so much more information on purslane and portulaca too.

One of my favorites~

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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Jul 19, 2013 12:18 AM CST
No worries, I know purslane by heart. Even dream about it.
When a few days pass, I start worrying my dear purslane has already produced Grumbling SEEDS
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stilldew
Jul 19, 2013 3:56 AM CST
Purslane and Spurge are the two worst weeds this time of the year here. Also fighting thistle, clover, dandelions and a variety of little trees. Not sure what is the hardest to control. Oh, I forgot morning glory seedlings. Pulling a lot of them too.
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Jul 19, 2013 4:08 AM CST
for me i think my worst nightmare is ......... that bindweed???
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 19, 2013 5:09 AM CST
Forgot that one. I try to put bad thoughts out of my mind. It's really bad here this year.
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Moby
Jul 19, 2013 9:45 AM CST
It really is ~ terrible. Thumbs down
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