Newly Registered
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:04 pm
Location: SW Arkansas

Are These Both Purslane?

The one on the left is common wild purslane, yes? But the one on the right is a little different. It has a rounder leaf and the stem doesn't look as red. They both grow in a mat on the ground and come up wild where ever the ground is bare. They both come up as weeds in the garden. Also I can't find either in the cow pasture so it seems the cows eat both. Are they both purslane and are they both edible?


Super Green Thumb
Posts: 7500
Joined: Tue May 06, 2008 7:02 pm
Location: El Cerrito, CA

The one on the left is what I've seen ID'd as purslane. I've also actually *eaten* it, so I know it's edible.

I'm not sure of the other plant's name; sorry.

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

User avatar
Posts: 28237
Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 7:21 pm
Location: Zone 6, NJ (3/M)4/E ~ 10/M

Agree the one on the left is purslane.

The one on the right doesn't look like it has the fleshy succulent-like leaves of a Portulaca family.
Does the one on the right exude milky sap when broken?

Return to “Gardening with Native Plant Species”