Also known as
Green Purslane, Summer Purslane, Akulikuli-Kula, Duckweed, Garden Purslane, Little Hogweed, Portulaca-Weed, Purslane, Pursley, Wild Portulaca, Pusley
This plant has no fragrance
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Common Purslane Overview
Portulaca oleracea is commonly known as Purslane or Common Purslane, amongst many other names. This plant is often considered to be a weed, but getting to know this fast-growing, succulent plant, you’ll discover it's both edible and delicious. It is eaten throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico. Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron.
Common problems with Common Purslane
Generally problem free
How to harvest Common Purslane
Harvest leaves, stem and flower buds as needed.
How to propagate Common Purslane
Sow seeds in situ and do not cover, they need light to germinate.
Lay cutt on the ground where you plan to grow them, water the stems and they should take root in the soil within a few days.
Special features of Common Purslane
Can tolerate long dry spells.
Other uses of Common Purslane
Suitable for coastal conditions.
Used in traditional Chinese medicine for removing toxins and stop bleeding.
It may be eaten as a leaf vegetable, stems, leaves and flower buds are edible, has a slightly sour and salty taste.
Edibles to Sow Outdoors in May
If the soil is warm enough, sow direct into prepared beds.
Edibles to Plant Out in August.
Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.