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Common Purslane—Portulaca oleracea

A summer annual, common purslane grows along the ground, forming mats. It invades gardens, lawns, orchards and ornamental plantings.

purslane plant purslane flowers purslane flower up close
Stems are thick, reddish in color, and branch out from a central point, forming a low-growing mat-like clump up to 2 feet in diameter. Leaves are succulent, oval, smooth, and shiny, growing ½ to 2 inches long. They are green on the top and pale purple underneath. The small, five-petaled, yellow flowers open only in sunlight. Flowers from May to November.

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[Photos, left to right: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org; Joseph LaForest, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org]

 
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