On Feb 7, 2013, Menk from Darling Downs Australia wrote:
Hmmm, most of the photos posted under this name are incorrect. Many of them are garden cultivars of P. umbraticola for instance. One is probably P. cryptopetala. I guess one of the drawbacks with Dave's Garden is the frequency of incorrectly labelled photographs. :-(
On Jan 9, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I just love this colorful plant. It is about the only plant that will grow well in my sunny flower box that relies on hand watering or rain...very drought tolerant and selfseeds. I have even put the leaves in my salads and they have a nice taste to them, it is very high in vitamins A, B1 and C .
My only complaint is the flowers only stay out half the day and then close up, wish they'd stay out as long as the sun does. They can't tolerate too much water, the ones I have that get overhead irrigation eventually get leggy and rot at the soil base. Grow great in sunny neglected areas of sandy soil and seems to be the area that self seeds. Will not tolerate temperatures below 35.
On Dec 7, 2010, eclayne from East Longmeadow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Portulaca oleracea, Purslane or Glistritha, pronounced ghlee-STREE-thah (hard "th" sound) has been used in Greek cooking for millenia. Try Googling Purslane + Greek. Pliny advised wearing the plant as an amulet to expel all evil due to its healing properties. My Aunt, born on Crete, called it (and seemingly half of the other yard weeds) Horta. I called it rabbit food. Today I "encourage", allow! it to grow amongst the callas and EEars and get a great salad add-in free.
once i learned how nutritious this plant is, i stopped weeding it. thus it becomes a living mulch under most of my vegetables, and grows more upright in the shade to allow easier harvesting. this seems to have no ill effects on tomatoes, peppers, squash, or sweet potatoes. i've frozen it for winter soups, or add it as a thickener in tomato sauces without any added flavor. maam in zone 6, ct.
On Feb 18, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I consider this weed on the 10 worst weed for me. They loves to appear where there are sun in my yard and anywhere there are a little exposured soil. Carpetweed is also a co- conspiracy weed that grows along with Weedy Purslane.
On Feb 17, 2008, Yorkerjenny from Syracuse, NY wrote:
What a wonderful suprise it was when I saw for the first time on backyard! It's one of my favorite vegetables ever. They are so delicious, I mix them with hybrid purslane when I cook. Last year I collected their seeds. They are very easy to grow, actually just throw the seeds to soil, little bit water, then forget it. They continuously grow. Their branches parallel to ground, leaves dark green and small, steams are purple, flowers are small yellow. Evening time flowers close, in the mornings open again. In the tip of the leaves there are few green capsules. the top half drops and many very thinny black seeds drop to ground and grow. If you see them as weed, you better get rid of them before those capsules open. Otherwise, you'll have many more. And wind will spread them easily.
I saw them in Syracuse NY (a city close to Canada border) and in Fort Myers FL. They are good for spring or fall, they can't handle very hot sunny days. They melt if you give too much water or in very rainy climate.
They cross very easily if you grow hybrid purslane. The result is upright purslane, with purple steam and lighter green leaves.
For me, wild purslane is a lot more tastier than hybrid purslane. More sour and intense taste. Eventually they are heirloom!!! It's one of the free foods from garden.
the tender tip of purslanes
some olive oil
1 glove crush garlic (optional)
I think this recipe from Bulgaria.
1 pound purslane
1/4 pound ground beef
1 med onion
2 paste tomato or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 sunflower oil or canola oil
2 tablespoon short rice
Put chopped ground beef, chopped onion and oil to a pan. When ground beef turns to brown, add chopped purslane, diced tomato or tomato paste, rice, salt, and water. Try to slow cook and add water as much less as possible.
Beside, it's so delicious, it's said also cholestrol reducer. It's said it has very high level omega 3.
On Jun 25, 2006, Sherlock_Holmes from Millersburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
In added support of this plant that many people unfortunately classify as a garden pest, though not among most of the people of this group, I wanted to leave the following narrative from The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America by Francois Couplan, Ph.D.
"Portulaca oleracea, originally from the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World, is a common weed in North America. It has been used as a vegetable for over 2,000 years in India and Persia. Purslane is cultivated as a salad plant or potherb in Asia, Europe, and South America.
Leaves and stems are fleshy and slightly acid. They are edible raw, preferably mixed with other greens because of their mucilaginous texture. The plant can be used as a thickener for soups and stews. It is excellent in omelettes and can also be pickled.
Purslane contains vitamins A, B, and C, minerals (much iron), and mucilage. It is emollient, depurative, diuretic, and refrigerant.
The tiny seeds have often been used as food either cooked whole or ground into a meal. They can be gathered by picking the plant before maturity and letting it dry out on a baking sheet for a week or so. The capsules ripen, and the seeds can be extracted by threshing and winnowing.
Other species are eaten in Asia, Australia, Polynesia, and South America."
On Feb 9, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:
I have the wild kind growing everywhere, and reseeds all over the place. It's one of my worst weeds. It's easy enough to pull, but there's so much of it every year. I think the seeds blow in from the neighboring pastures and fields.
On Jun 4, 2005, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have not grown this plant but my sister-in-law has and she lives nearby. We live in a very rainy area but plant them with excellent drainage and they do great even here. Hers are in concrete urns setting atop some walled stairs in full sun (when we have it).
On Oct 12, 2004, FranciscoSantos from Brasília Brazil wrote:
The plants in these pictures are not the true wild portulaca, they are the cultivated form of Portulaca oleracea. The wild form has smaller, less ornamental flowers(yellow), and spatulate leaves. It also takes a somewhat radiating habit as it sends shoots( quite ornamental) and growing it requires attention as its inumerous seeds dispese and grow everywhere if you don't control it.
On May 11, 2004, easter794 from Seffner, FL wrote:
I love this little plant but the squirrels love it too. They eat it all up. Very easy to grow. Little to no care. Easy to root, just pluck a piece off and stick it in the dirt. I have a new variety that is just lovely. All Aglow in Florida.
On Apr 13, 2004, Lanan from Hawkinsville, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Wonderful plant that does NOT need lots of water. Will grow in places nothing else will grow. Beautiful and will fill out quickly. Can just pinch off a stem and stick in the ground to root. MUCH prettier and fuller than the thin leaf portulaca. Needs lots of sun to bloom well but will grow in shade. GREAT ground cover or use in a hanging basket. I even grew it out of a hole in a tree!
On Sep 12, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION OF WILD PURSLANE NOT THE HYBRIDS USED AS GARDEN PLANTS. NEUTRAL RATING
The name "Portulaca" is a derivative of "portare" (Latin) which means to carry and lac (milk) which refers to the plant's milky sap. Meaning pertaining to kitchen gardens, "oleracea" (Latin) is a reference to its use as a vegetable. It is an herbaceous weed commonly known as purslane in the U.S. It is found growing wild and/or cultivated in much of the world in almost any unshaded area in cold, warm and/or hot climates.
The small, yellow, almost nonsignificant flowers are up to .25 inches in diameter and appear in late spring and continue into mid fall. The flowers are open only part of the day and do not open fully on very cloudy days, like all portulaca. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod the lid of which opens when the seeds are ready and a single plant can produce more than 50,000 seeds.
The reason it is valued above a common weed is its edibility. Early settlers cooked it as a substitute for spinach, used the young leaves and stem tips in salads and ate the seeds. The seeds may be ground and baked into a bread. It has been used as a medicinal plant for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. It contains a high level of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein (2 to 2.5%) compared to other vegetables. In fact, it is a better nutrient source than spinach.
When giving this plant a neutral rating, I am being kind due to its nutritional value. Otherwise, I would give it a negative rating because I consider it a weed in my flowerbeds. It is easy to pull, but pieces of stem can reroot readily. It keeps coming up in cracks in the street asphalt and has to be dug out with a screwdriver or knife. It can be chemically controlled using a pre-emergence herbicide containing oryzalin or pendimethalin.
HYBRID PURSLNE VARIETIES POSITIVE RATING
These varieties of purslane are a maintstay of my summer plantings. They reseed thmselves every year and provide continuous bright colored blooms. They require little care and are drought tolerant.
On Jul 18, 2003, desertpete from Odessa, TX wrote:
I live in West Texas where it is very hot and dry. Purslane seems to thrive here. The birds eat my moss roses down to the numb, but don't seem to bother the purslane. It blooms it's little heart out until frost.
On Jul 8, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
EXTREMELY easy to root. Break off a stem with a bloom, put it in water to root (takes only about a week). The cutting just keeps right on blooming. When the cutting roots the bloom is still there so you'll know what color you're planting. Neatest thing I've ever seen. Drought resistant, succulent-type plant. Lots of recipes on the web for cooking these beautiful plants.
On Jul 7, 2003, grakay from Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant has been so prolific, that I've given many cuttings away, and rooted even more for more small gifts. I have one that is in a hanging basket that really likes to show its beauty.
It loves the full sun here in Florida, and covers bare spots very nicely.
On Jul 6, 2003, Yubiapricot from Aberdeen, MD wrote:
I love this plant. So many different colors to choose from. This year however, I'm having problems with my perfectly healthy 10" baskets of purslane. Almost overnight, ALL of the leaves began turning yellow and falling off.
What a wonderful find for sunny Florida. Purslane blooms during the day and the flowers close up at night. The blooms are brilliant. The plant requires little care and only occasional watering. It spreads quickly and is excellent as a ground cover or even in a hanging basket.
On May 24, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This is the first plant I tried to grow, even though it was accidental (it started growing in an abandoned vase in my window, and I didn´t want it to die, like the other plants that tried to grow there spontaneously before). So, even a 14 years old kid with no experience or even taste for gardening can make it grow and bloom abundantly with little effort
Purslane is an excellent plant. The wild form is a formidable pest for farmers in the midwest. When I worked on a small farm in Wisconsin, purslane covered our beds in between our vegetable crops. However, some have conquered this by raising it as a food crop! The wild and cultivated forms are both edible, with a delightful slimy texture and sour flavor. The wild purslane does not grow the large and colorful flowers of the cultivated variety. Purslane reminds me of the Jade plant.
On Jun 14, 2002, ishuffle from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is a great plant for hanging baskets, pots, or as ground cover. Purslane loves the heat and is very drought tolerant. This is a plant that blooms from spring to frost without any maintenance.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Elberta, Alabama Gurley, Alabama Jones, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Benton, Arkansas Chino Hills, California North Fork, California Ontario, California Applewood, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Chester, Connecticut Beacon Square, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Campbell, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Deltona, Florida Duck Key, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Haverhill, Florida Interlachen, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Kathleen, Florida Kenneth City, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Macgregor, Florida Milton, Florida Orlando, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Ridgecrest, Florida Sebring, Florida (2 reports) South Venice, Florida Sunrise, Florida Tampa, Florida Cochran, Georgia Hawkinsville, Georgia Midway-hardwick, Georgia Royston, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Jacksonville, Illinois Oak Lawn, Illinois South Bend, Indiana Parsons, Kansas Dawson Springs, Kentucky Tompkinsville, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana Port Vincent, Louisiana Slidell, Louisiana Vienna, Louisiana Westlake, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Aberdeen, Maryland Ferndale, Maryland East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Central Lake, Michigan Mosherville, Michigan Warren, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Long Beach, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Bellevue, Nebraska Roswell, New Mexico Syracuse, New York Fearrington, North Carolina Henderson, North Carolina Lucama, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Wilsons Mills, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Medora, North Dakota Bucyrus, Ohio Council Hill, Oklahoma Owasso, Oklahoma Stillwater, Oklahoma Bunker Hill, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Millersburg, Pennsylvania San Juan, Puerto Rico East Sumter, South Carolina Ladys Island, South Carolina Prosperity, South Carolina Seven Oaks, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Murfreesboro, Tennessee Anderson Mill, Texas Cameron Park, Texas Dallas, Texas Everman, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Houston, Texas Lumberton, Texas Midlothian, Texas Odessa, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Port Lavaca, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Serenada, Texas Victoria, Texas