Golden Purslane
Portulaca sativa

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

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Vegetables

Groundcovers

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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

Regional

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

Glendive, Montana

Underwood, North Dakota

Fort Worth, Texas

Rockdale, Texas

Palmyra, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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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

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.