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Purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Also known as

Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, Red Root, Pursley, Porseleinblaar (Afr.), Pussley

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25cm

Max

25cm

40cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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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 Purslane

Generally problem free

How to harvest Purslane

Harvest leaves, stem and flower buds as needed.

How to propagate Purslane

Seed

Sow seeds in situ and do not cover, they need light to germinate.

Cuttings

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 Purslane

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long dry spells.

Pot plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Purslane

Suitable for coastal conditions.

Medicinal

Used in traditional Chinese medicine for removing toxins and stop bleeding.

Edible

It may be eaten as a leaf vegetable, stems, leaves and flower buds are edible, has a slightly sour and salty taste.

Edibles to Plant Out in June

Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

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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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