I got a little of this at a plant swap a few years back for my curbside barrels and it just took off growing. I just ripped some of it out and placed it in an area in my yard were grass will not grow and it spread like crazy and looks amazing. This is a beginner friendly plant and drought plant.
Purslane (Portulaca L.)
Description - This evasive weed as a smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. A yellow flowers have five regular parts and are up to 6 mm wide. Depending upon rainfall, the flowers appear at anytime during the year. The flowers open singly at the center of the leaf cluster for only a few hours on sunny mornings. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are mature. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.
Time of Year: Spring to Fall
Location: World (originally from India)
Sodium, Patassium Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A and C
You can eat the Leaves and seeds.
Taste sour raw and sweet cooked
- The leaves can be burned and used as a salt.
- young leave for salads
- Seeds can be grounded into a powder and used in gruels, breads and pancakes to add nutritional value. (they make around 10,000 seeds per plant)
- you can dehydrate the leaves to use later.