Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Portulaca oleraceaAccepted
Portulaca oleracea subsp. oleraceaSynonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
Water Preferences:Mesic
Plant Height:Approx. 1 foot
Plant Spread:Purslane will spread at least 3 feet
Leaves:Other: Thick, succulent
Flower Color:Yellow
Bloom Size:Under 1"
Flower Time:Summer
Underground structures:Taproot
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Edible Parts:Stem
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods:Raw
Dynamic Accumulator:K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Mn (Manganese)
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Resistances:Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds:Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: Germinates well between about 70 and 85 F (20 and 30 C).
Depth to plant seed: Plant on soil surface; keep moist.
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Various insects
Containers:Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Purslane, a Good WeedPurslane, a Good Weed
July 1, 2012

Here's another plant that most consider a weed, but let's take a look at all it offers before we start tossing it aside.

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Posted by plantladylin (East Central Florida - Zone 9b) on Oct 20, 2011 8:30 PM

Common Purslane is a herbaceous annual weed and grows wild and cultivated around the world. The plant is a sprawling succulent that requires full sun. Portulaca oleracea is edible and is also used for medicinal purposes in some cultures. Common Purslane grows in full sun and bears tiny yellow flowers.

I sometimes find this weed growing in spots in the lawn and in sandy areas along the edge of the road.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 25, 2012 3:57 PM

Portulaca oleracea's growing area is the lower 48 states of North America as well as here in Tennessee.

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Posted by KAMasud (Alpha Centauri - Zone 9a) on May 3, 2013 8:44 PM

Edible, famine food.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Aug 15, 2016 6:49 PM

A nutritious weed: high in vitamin A, vitamin E, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. It has a slightly sour and salty taste, and the leaves have a slimy texture. It is good chopped up in a salad with feta cheese and diced tomatoes. I discard the older stems, because they're fibrous and tough.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Purslane is a winner! by teacup754Aug 29, 2017 7:17 AM19
What is this plant? by PlantLover392Jul 26, 2017 6:24 AM1
Is this a succulent or weed? by LivingWreathsJul 7, 2017 1:50 PM13
Purslane by Lizzyh23Jul 5, 2017 12:40 PM5
Plant ID by ChidJun 24, 2017 2:09 PM3
Plant to ID by KeZameJun 17, 2017 2:38 PM5
Weeds or plants by JulieannacMay 15, 2017 8:03 PM7
Whats this plant? by jej270May 4, 2017 8:44 AM2
What's the name of this weed? by EnzeeApr 9, 2017 8:40 AM2
This weed is spreading everywhere by LaidbackOct 25, 2016 6:55 PM6

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