Common Name: Purslane
Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea
Type & Use: Annual with edible foliage and flowers
Location: Sun to partial shade
Planting Dates: Spring
Planting Method: Seed or transplants in the spring after frost danger is gone
Seed Emergence: I bet fast, but not sure. The seed are tiny. I just buy transplants or let the wild ones sprout and grow.
Harvest Time: Harvest the foliage any time.
Height: 2-6 inches
Spread: 12-18 inches
Final Spacing: 12 inches
Growth Habits: Low growing and spreading succulent annual herb
Culture: Drought-tolerant and heat-loving. Not much needed to maintain a healthy crop.
Troubles and Solutions: Few problems, if any
Harvest and Storage: Foliage and stems can be picked and eaten fresh. Pick the flowers fresh and use as garnish.
Notes: Also called moss rose and portulaca. This tasty herb is loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. The organiphobes still recommend spraying this great food with broadleaf weed killers. The so-called weed has more food value than the hybrid flower varieties. However, both are good.