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Purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Purslane

About This Plant

Full sun; a low-growing summer annual with fleshy leaves that are right at home in rock, asphalt and any open soil. Purslane withstands high temperatures, drought, and bright sun. The common species has yellow flowers, but endless varieties are available. Leaves are edible and can be used as a substitute for pickles or lettuce; they can also be cooked. The taste is comparable to spinach.

Origins: Africa, Asia, and Europe

Maintenance

None required except weeding.

A sun-loving succulent with small dainty flowers.

Min. Height: 0.5'

Max Height: 1 foot'

Min. Width: 0.5'

Max Width: 1.5 feet'

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