by Robin Shope
It has a purple stem and green leaves with tiny yellow flowers in the center of the leaf cluster.
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Robin, I’m pretty sure this is Portulaca oleracea, sometimes known as Purslane. It’s called a weed, but it can be trouble, as each leaf or portion of stem can re-root to continue living. The best revenge for it is to cook it and eat it – in Mexico it’s called ‘verdolaga’ and the French know it as ‘pourpiere’.
There are several varieties grown for this purpose, but Portulaca is mostly known as a pretty annual with bright pink, yellow or white flowers in hot dry sites.
Comments for Found it growing in my herb garden.
Jul 27, 2017
I would not eat any of the other types. It’s not that they may be REALLY poisonous, but more that they wouldn’t taste good. As far as I know, that’s the only one that is edible.
Jul 27, 2017
Question about portulacas
Can all varieties of Portulaca be eaten?… even the other more decorative varieties? Are any varieties toxic?
Jul 25, 2011
Thank you! I think I will move it, carefully, to a remote area and eat what i can. Thanks again!
Jul 22, 2011
by: Patty Hicks
I was just reading your comment to the plant ID and wanted to add that I love harvesting Purslane and eating it fresh in salads. It is filled with vitamins and minerals..almost a super food I think. They eat it in the Middle East and have for centuries. I agree the best defense is to eat it…and its a pleasant defense too. Oh one more note…try to pick it young if you are going to eat it. Its more tender when young.