Common Purslane
Portulaca oleracea
Portulacaceae (Purslane) Family

Other names: Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, Red Root, Pursley and Moss Rose.

Plant is a sprawling annual with weak stems, loosely branched and often forming dense masses. Preferred habitat is stable dunes, edge of marshes, fields, gardens, yards and waste places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are stalked; hairy. Blades are egg-shaped, fleshy and leathery.

Flowers have four to five persistent sepals and an equal number of petals; stipules are lacking. Sepals are separate and petals appear to be 10 but are actually five that are deeply notched; three styles. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a one-celled capsule.

Leaves of these plants are an excellent garden salad ingredient. Open markets in the western states sell the fleshy stems as a salad ingredient.

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