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Portulaca oleracea

Common Name(s):
Common purslane, Little hog weed, Moss rose, Pigweed, Purslane
Categories:
Annuals, Edible Plants
Comment:

Portulaca oleracea is an annual succulent in the Portulacaceae family. It has smooth, redish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate fleshy oval leaves. Leaves tend to be clusterd at joints and stem ends. Flowers are small (1/4 inch), yellow, and have five heart-shapted petals that can appear any time of year. They can be found in the cluster of leaves at the stem end and they open only breifly in the morning hours.

It has a tap root and fiberous secondary roots that are able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought conditions.

Season:
winter, spring, summer, fall
Light:
full sun
Height:
16 inches
Edibility:
Stems, leaves and flowers are edible and have a slightly sour and salty taste. It cooks similar to spinach. It is eaten throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico.
Tags:
edible weed, weed, drought tolerant, culinary, edible, full sun

NCCES plant id: 2847

Portulacaceae  oleracea Whole plant
Scamperdale, CC BY-NC-2.0
Portulacaceae  oleracea Maroon stems
Harry Rose, CC BY - 2.0
Portulacaceae  oleracea Flower in center of leaves
Scott Zona, CC BY-NC-2.0
Portulacaceae  oleracea Close up of flower
Bob Peterson, CC BY - 2.0
Portulacaceae  oleracea Seeds
Andrey Zharkikh, CC BY - 2.0