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Portulaca oleracea (Purslane)

Purslane, Garden Purslane, Little Hogweed, Pusley, Wild Portulaca, Pourpier, Verdolaga


Grown for more than 4,000 years as a food and medicinal plant, Portulaca oleracea (Purslane) is a fast-growing herbaceous annual forming a mat of soft trailing, smooth, reddish stems clothed with fleshy, oval to spoon-shaped, succulent leaves. Small ephemeral yellow flowers, up to 1/2 in. (1 cm), occur in the leaf axils at the stem joints or terminally, with just a single one opening in each leaf cluster at a time. They are followed by tiny black seeds in a small pod. When the seeds are mature the ovoid capsule bursts open to release its contents. The entire plant can be harvested. The leaves are tender and fleshy, with a slight crunchy texture. They are rich in vitamins A, C and E. Harvest them before flowering or the flavor will deteriorate. Purslane is used in many cuisines around the world, especially in salads, soups, stews, and tomato sauces.

  • Grows up to 3 in. tall (7 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm). This plant self-seeds readily without being invasive.
  • Thrives in most well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Although it prefers regular water it can tolerate drought. For a tender, generous crop, keep the soil moist at all times.
  • No serious insect or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs, purslane sawfly, Schizocerella pilicornis and Hypurus bertrandiperris.
  • Plant the seeds after the soil warms in spring. During the growing season, the trailing branches will root where they touch the ground - detach the rooted tips and plant them out.
  • Native to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Herbs
Plant Family Portulaca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Herbs
Plant Family Portulaca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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