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PlantFiles: Golden Purslane
Portulaca sativa

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca (por-tew-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative n00b On Jul 28, 2012, n00b from Glendive, MT wrote:

I'm sure this is what's thick in my Moss Rose. I'm afraid it will take over the bed.
Would Preen kill it but NOT the Moss Rose?

I'd post a pic but there's no option for that here.

Guess I posted to wrong area?, & now have the same image twice in My Info listed as 'in que' & don't have the foggiest idea what to do. Wanted to get the image included with this post. Also would like to delete the duplicate but don't know how.

Positive Michaelp On Feb 10, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

fast growing,milder tasting than most,good nutritional value,high in omega 3 fatty acid,and vitamin E,easy to grow in warm weather,reseeds less and not as aggressive as many purslane---good in salad.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glendive, Montana
Underwood, North Dakota
Fort Worth, Texas
Rockdale, Texas
Palmyra, Virginia

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