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Common Purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Also known as

Green Purslane, Summer Purslane, Akulikuli-Kula, Duckweed, Garden Purslane, Little Hogweed, Portulaca-Weed, Purslane, Pursley, Wild Portulaca, Pusley

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long dry spells.

Pot plant

Attractive leaves

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.

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Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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