Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Plant


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Portulaca oleracea (common purslane) is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae.  Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable.  It has a slightly sour and salty taste. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible.
Type: Annual, Self-seeding
Family: Portulacaceae
Growing Zones:
Native Range: North Africa, Southern Europe through the Middle East and the Iran, Indian Subcontinent
Mature Height: 15 – 18 inches
Mature Width: 12 – 15 inches
Spacing: 6 – 12 inches
Sunlight: Full Sun
Water: Moderate
Soil Type: Average
Growth Rate: Moderate
Leaf Description: Small, round, succulent
Bloom Time: Summer
Bloom Description: Small, yellow
Harvest: Leaf
Harvest Time: Summer
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Special Properties:


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