Common purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.


Common Purslane - You are not patient The answer you planted into the twentieth of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Raising Doubts project. Latin name: Portulaca oleracea Artist family:
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Portulaca oleracea is the Common Purslane, an annual succulent which may reach 40 cm in height. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. The yellow flowers have five regular parts. Depending upon rainfall, the flowers appear at anytime during the year. The flowers open singly at the center of the leaf cluster for only a few hours on sunny mornings. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are mature. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.

The Claytonia perfoliata is the Winter Perslane.