Common Name : Purslane, Common purslane, Little hogweed, Pigweed, Edible purslane, Moss rose, Pursley Scientific Name : Portulaca oleracea Family : Portulacaceae


Kingdom - Plantae

Order - Caryophyllales

Genus - Portulaca

Species - oleracea

Synonym - Portulacaria oleracea

Origin / Native - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Arabs, Persians

Uses - Cuisine, Ayurveda, Medicinal

Type - Annual

Habit - Succulent Herb

Height - Up to 15.748 inches tall

Spread - Up to 24 inches wide

Flowering Season - June to Jan

Flowering colors - Yellow, white, pink, orange, red

Flowers - Tiny, edible, yellow, 5 toothed petals, 10 stamens, clustered

Foliage - Glossy, edible, ovate, fleshy, reddish brown with green mixed, clustered, alternately arranged leaves

Stems - Fleshy, edible, reddish, prostrate, smooth

Seeds - Tiny, black color, green cone shaped seed pods

Good For - Herb garden, ground cover, pots, edging, hanging baskets, patios, walls

Special feature - Drought tolerance

Propagation - Seeds, Cutting

Light Requirement & Care - Full sun, part shade, normal, well drained soil, average water, low maintenance

Portulaca oleracea-Edible purslane, Foliage, Seed pods, Flower[red foliage-variety-1]
Portulaca oleracea-Edible purslane

Wild purslane[narrow leaved-variety-2]
Wild purslane

Purslane flowers, seed pods & leaves[green foliage-variety-3]
Purslane flowers & leaves

Photographs: Guna Selvi Camera: Nikon D40x Location : Lalbagh botanical garden, Mavalli, Bangalore[Bengaluru], Karnataka, South India, India

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