PhytoFighter
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(SOLVED) Purslane - Portulaca oleracea

Hello everyone, I recently had this little plant crop up during my gardening adventures and I was intrigued what it may be.

It's a very weedy-looking plant, and has a yellow-colored inflorescence, and the leaves and stems are rather succulent; also the proliferation of the tiny seeds (which I think are about the size of poppy seeds) after flowering is very abundant.

Any help would be appreciated, thank you in advance!
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Re: Succulent-looking weed?

It is called purslane, portulacaria (sp?), closely related to moss roses. It is a very common weed, but one of the best edible weeds. It is good in salads, including I have a purslane potato salad recipe that I love. It has more omega-3 fatty acids and more Vitamin A than any other leafy vegetable plant, also has some Vitamin C, B vitamins, anti- oxidants. Let your purslane spread a little and then eat it!
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Re: Succulent-looking weed?

:o Fantastic! And I thought it would be a useless weed... I'll be propagating this one often then!

Thanks rainbowgardener!

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