Common purslane (verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley, moss rose) (Portulaca oleracea)


Purslane family (Portulacaceae)

Common purslane (verdolaga, pigweed, little
        hogweed, red root, pursley, moss rose)
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from mid May to end of July
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 20.0 – 30.0 cm x 5.00 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Height: 20 – 25 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: 3 weeks after seeding
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny, partial shade
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Good Neighbours: Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Radish, Strawberries, Sweet corn
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Require a low level of nutrients
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Purslane is an annual, herbaceous, undemanding plant which will also flourish in the shade.
It can grow to a height of 10 to 40 cm.


It prefers a sunny to shaded, warm location with well drained, moist garden soil.


Common purslane propagates generatively via seeds.


Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Radish, Strawberries, Sweet corn



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It is not frost-hardy. Purslane can overwinter in pots, indoors.


Purslane needs light to germinate so just press seeds onto the soil.
Only water summer purslane during longer dry periods.
Cover young plants at temperatures below 10°C with plastic sheeting or garden fleece.
A thick layer of bark mulch keeps the soil warm and moist.


Pests: Slugs

  • Water with a solution made from elder leaves, bracken and fern
  • Spray a coffee solution onto the plants.


Thanks to its rapid growth, purslane can be harvested several times per season, providing the lowest leaves are left on the plant.
Older leaves taste bitter.
After flowering, the leaves take on a bitter taste.
If you cut the plant back to two leaves, new, tender leaves will then sprout.
Please note that:

  • Once started, purslane will self seed.
  • Removing the flower buds in good time will prevent it from spreading uncontrollably.


Purslane does not keep for long (1 to 2 days). It should be used as soon as possible.


Purslane can be used as a vegetable or as a herb.
The leaves, stalks and flowers are edible.
Is a good addition to soups.
To keep some purslane for the winter, salt it and conserve in vinegar.
It is possible to mistake moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) for purslane. Moss rose is a summer flower whose leaves are inedible but not poisonous.
There are no health risks associated with eating moss rose.


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