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Common Purslane (A) — Portulaca oleracea — Family: Portulacaceae — Purslane

© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
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Common purslane is a mat-forming summer annual that thrives in all soil types. Common purslane has multi-branched red stems with thick fleshy leaves that cluster at the end of the branches. The entire plant is very succulent and resembles a jade plant. It is common to disturbed soil, new seedings, sidewalk crevices and mulched planting beds. Common purslane prefers high light and warm conditions. This plant reproduces by seeds that are formed in a capsule with a lid that flips open. Solitary yellow flowers will only open with sunny conditions.