Common purslane is part of the Portulaca genus and its scientific name is Portulaca oleracea. The oleracea part of this plant's botanical name means 'eaten as a vegetable'.
The flowers have 5, rounded petals and are 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across. The seed pods are encircled by crown-like, translucent, membranaceous wings. The leaves are succulent and linear to spatulate in shape. The stems are fleshy and often reddish.It is a succulent / flower that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Common purslane normally grows with a spreading habit to a mature height of 15.2 cm (that's 5.93 inches imperial). Expect blooming to occur in late spring. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Common purslane is a great choice. Golden, Scarlet, Red, Pazazz red flare, and Sativa are some of the most popular varieties of Common purslane for home gardeners to grow.
Common purslane is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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Annual. Easily grown in poor to average, dry to moderately moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant. Plants may self-seed.
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 7 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Common purslane requires a soil ph of 6.1 - 7.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Common purslane is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Sow seed directly in the garden after last frost date, or start indoors 6-8 weeks earlier.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Common purslane about 49 days before your last frost date .
Set out seedlings and purchased plants at last frost date.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Common purslane so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Common purslane so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Common purslane plants:
Portulaca, Golden purslane, Verdolagas
Portulaca neglecta, Portulaca retusa
Common purslane care instructions
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