Purslane

Portulacca oleracea

Photo of Purslane
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Purslane is related to the flower of the same name. It is a severe weed pest in vegetable crops and newly seeded turf. It is an annual and produces numerous seeds. Is it true that the flower only opens at night? The tender young tips are a good addition to a salad.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences