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Purslane, Kitchen, Garden

Pusley, Fatweed

Portulacaceae Portulaca oleracea L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Purslane is a common, persistent, trailing weed with fleshy, succulent stems, widely distributed; but improved strains are also cultivated as pot herbs. Leaves are small, spatulate or narrow obovate, thick and green or red in color. The wild plant is gathered for a pot herb in some areas. Cultivated forms are more upright growing, larger and of better flavor. Plants may be grown from seed or from cuttings. Rarely cultivated in the U.S.

Season, seed to harvest: Probably 4 to 6 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data, negligible.

Use: As pot herb.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves and young stems.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha