Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Purslane




Purslane makes a thick ground cover. If you don’t love it, don’t plant it. It is considered an invasive weed by many. I couldn’t find any growing tips, only many on how to rid your garden of it. So be forewarned. It can and will happily grow any where, any way, any time. It is susceptible to frost damage.

I planted it in a dry, shady place and it all died. A few months later purslane showed up on its own out in a front bed that is in full sun.

It was used as a food in medieval Europe, seeds can be made into flour, stems were pickled and leaves are still added to salads in Spain. It is also listed as one of the SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen foods that will change your life. It is high in vitamin E and fatty acid omega 3. Older gardening texts list it as an editable weed.

You might still find it as a spice in Mexican markets under the name verdolaga. The leaves can be eaten raw or boiled.

WHO lists it as one of the most important medicinal plants world wide.

Died back early in winter, holding its own during the heat and drought of summer 2011, no blooms.

More information:
Purslane: If you can weed ’em, eat em
Food Features: Purslane
Purslane eyed as a rich food source