Green Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
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Green Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

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Many know Green Purslane as a straggly garden weed but it's also an indigenous salad plant that has already been appreciated in the Middle Ages. The pulpy leaves taste crunchy, fresh, and slightly sour. The blossom buds can also be used as a replacement for capers.

Green Purslane grows creeping on fields, dumps, and other ruderal areas. Because of the adaptability and the fast growth, the plant is almost globally spread today and is considered one of the most frequent plant varieties. The maximally 40cm high weed has up to 5cm long pulpy leaves that appear light green to yellowish or crimson depending on the season. After the small, yellow blossoms, oval seed capsules with many small black seeds are formed. As far as there's no cohesive plant cover, green purslane sows itself successfully and, therefore, is a feared weed in some places.


Green purslane has an old tradition as food and remedy. As a medicinal plant, it has already been known in ancient Babylon since the eighth century BC. Presumably, its slimy ingredients are responsible for the soothing effect on heartburn and other gastric troubles.
But also as a salad or vegetable plant, green purslane has already been collected for several millennia. In the Middle Ages, the plant was also cultivated and there are even cultivars with slightly broader, most often yellowish leaves. The seeds were also used as medicine and food. The Australian aborigines made so-called seedcakes, a kind of Archaic bread, out of the seeds of purslane and other wild plants.


You only harvest the young leaves before they bloom. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin c and taste slightly sour, salty, and nutty. Especially the crunchy texture makes green purslane leaves an appealing salad garnish. Allegedly, cooking salt was gained from the incineration of the weed.

Seeds, content: Approx. 800 seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
10 – 30 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Deep roots
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
22 – 25 °C
Germination time in days:
7 – 21
Planting distance:
15 – 20 cm
Main harvest:
Green Purslane is quite undemanding in location and climate but prefers sunny places. Sowing in the garden in May. Green purslane seeds are only covered gently with soil or simply scattered. Green purslane is also a decorative pot plant for the balcony or terrace. To receive a rich harvest, the blossom buds and the upper sprouts should be removed so that the plant branches stronger. After the bloom, seeds can be harvested with little effort.
Other names
Botanical name:
p. officinarump. sylvestrisportulaca oleracea
German names:
English names:
common purslanelittle hogweedmoss rosepigweedpursleyred rootverdolaga
French names:
porcelanepourpierpourpier maraîcher
Spanish names:
borzolagaengañagochoslengua de gatoloracamalmuerenuncamuereportulacaverdalagaverderajaverdolagaverdulaga
Italian names:
andracabarzellanabrucacchiachiaccunellaerba grassaperchiaccaperchiazzapicchiacchellaporcacchiaporcellanaprecacchiaprocacciapucchiacchèllapurcaccpurcacchiapurchiaccapurciacapurciddanapurselanasportellecchiaspurchiazza
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
800 Pcs.


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