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Portulaca oleracea


Pigweed, Little Hogweed, Duckweed, Fatweed, Pursley, Verdolagas, Wild Portulaca
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Scientific Name Portulaca oleracea
Principal Common Name Purslane
Common Name(s) Pigweed, Little Hogweed, Duckweed, Fatweed, Pursley, Verdolagas, Wild Portulaca
Description Purslane is a common, herbaceous succulent annual weed; it can grow up to a height of 18". The stems are reddish and the fleshy succulent leaves alternate, while the small flowers are yellow and growing in clusters. The flowers are hermaphrodite (male and female organs are on the same plant) and are pollinated by insects; the plant is self-fertile. The small, shiny-black edible seeds are wrinkled; they are formed in a tiny pod. According to Mother Earth News: Purslane may be a common plant, but it is uncommonly good for you. It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It is also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.
General Comments
Nativity Native to U.S.
Height Range 2 - 18 IN
Spread Range 12 - 24 IN
Flower Showy
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color
Leaf Texture Spongy
Form Edible : Groundcover : Succulent
Flower Color
Flower Time
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Any : Dry : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium : Sparse
Outstanding Features Edible

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