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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Oct 17, 2011 3:22 PM CST
This tiny seedling came home with another succulent.
I put it in the succulents bed and waited to see what developed.

I was startled to see this brilliant bloom.
I am guessing it is a Purslane or Portulaca?
Any means of IDing it?


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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Oct 17, 2011 3:24 PM CST
Closer view of the bloom but not as clear as I'd hoped.

Can anyone tell me if this plant is edible?
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Oct 17, 2011 6:56 PM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! It's purslane! Lucky you! During the winter you should bring it inside when it stops blooming. Place it in a super hot/sunny window/ One year mine bloomed a little bit until January and then when the weather warmed up it went back outdoors where it bloomed it's heart out!

It is edible and has lots of great vitamins/minerals. Super in salads.

When it grows in the heat it spreads quickly.
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Oct 17, 2011 7:04 PM CST
Blinking Y'all like this plant? Blinking This thing grows ALL OVER my yard!! I never planted it. It keeps coming back everywhere. It does have lovely blooms but if I should keep it how in the world do you contain it? Blinking Shrug!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Oct 17, 2011 7:07 PM CST

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Stephanie, is yours the yellow bloomed wild purslane or the bright colors like this forum shows?
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Oct 17, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Mine has bright colors tangerine/red colors.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Oct 17, 2011 7:10 PM CST

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You are so fortunate! I adore purslane. I keep it in hanging baskets mostly but when in the ground I have it in a contained flower bed.
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Oct 17, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Confused maybe I'll try to keep some if it's really that great Blinking
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Oct 17, 2011 7:19 PM CST

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Oh, you so are blessed to have purslane growing wil Stephanie. I have to buy it every year.
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Oct 17, 2011 8:13 PM CST

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So do I now that I moved but the new owners are enjoying my obsession. Stephanie, you can eat it too.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 17, 2011 9:48 PM CST
Grazing ~ that'll keep it in line! LOL
I am glad to know it is edible as I had already sampled it and didn't die.

Boo ~ how does it spread so quickly when hot? By roots, or seeds, or?

I will overwinter it in the GH where it should do fine. Perhaps the blooms will have left seeds also.

Thanks for the assistance!



Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Oct 18, 2011 3:19 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing pod you are funny!

"I am glad to know it is edible as I had already sampled it and didn't die."

It spreads by roots. Although it does seed and some grow that way, mostly it's super spreader!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 18, 2011 5:11 AM CST
Thanks for that information, I can't imagine not liking such a willing grower and bloomer after this past summer we have endured.
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Boopaints
Oct 18, 2011 7:57 PM CST

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I made tacos tonight and added fresh purslane to it. It's best when it's the new stems.
I hear you about the drought: we are dry here in Phoenix with rainfall being almost 4" less than normal.
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Oct 18, 2011 9:49 PM CST
Thanks to you girls and this delightful little plant, I think I'm hooked. Charmed too that it can be eaten.

We normally get far more rainfall than your area but to date, we are at one half of the normal years rain. Tough for sure so I see the charm in this plant.

Are all the Purslanes edible? Seems I ready somewhere not all were...
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Oct 18, 2011 11:27 PM CST

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All purslane is edible but you need to watch out for a look alike called spurge. It's limper and doesn't bloom.

DO NOT EAT
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Oct 19, 2011 4:51 AM CST
Thanks much ~ I have that one also. It is a weed here and has grown this summer when nothing else would.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Nov 23, 2011 6:10 AM CST
This plant started life as a hitchiker in another succulent pot.

It is the tiny plant surrounded by rocks.
This photo was taken 08-22-2011
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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pod
Nov 23, 2011 6:11 AM CST
Thanks to y'alls advice, I dug it up and potted it for winter.

It is now thriving and blooming in the greenhouse.

This photo was taken 11-22-2011.

Thanks to all.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Nov 23, 2011 11:25 AM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! I love the orange purslane bloom~
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