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Product title: Portulaca Oleracea

Common Names: Purslane, Pursley, Little Hogweed, Pigweed, Fatweed

Product title: Portulaca Oleracea

Common Names: Purslane, Pursley, Little Hogweed, Pigweed, Fatweed


  • Perennial, xerophyte (living in dry conditions) plant.
  • Smooth, reddish and prostrate stems.
  • Leaves are succulent, flat, rounded, green in appearance. They are found either on alternate or opposite sides of the stem and are usually clustered at stem joints and tips. 
  • Flowers are yellow in color with five petals and are approximately 6 mm wide.
  • Flowering season – mostly from midsummer to early fall. During this season, they also get fertilized and produce seeds subsequently.

About the plant: 

Purslane is a unique plant as it is considered to be a medicinal plant by nutritionists and a weed by agriculturists. This plant is found in most parts of the globe – from Europe, Asia, Mediterranean regions, north Africa, North America, and India. As this plant has a waxy cover, it is more tolerant of pests. Some varieties of purslane are known to have antifungal properties as well. One of the unique properties of the plant is that it reduces the salinity of soil. When grown in soils which are highly saline, purslane removes the salt and thereby increases the yield of the soil.


Plant purslane in moist soil away from direct sunlight.If the soil is moist, purslane sprouts rapidly. Being a xerophyte, this plant manages to thrive with minimum water.

Even the stem of purslane can grow into new plants. So, if you want the plant to spread all over, then it is better to plant it directly on to the soil bed. But, if you want to control its growth, it is better to plant it in pots.


Light : Grow purslane in an area which is bright and where it is not directly and constantly exposed to direct sunlight. 

Water : Soil must be moist but not water logged.

Soil : Grows well any type of soil..

Pruning : As the plant has a bushy growth, it has to be pruned frequently.



From seeds: 

Buy only the smallest pack of purslane seeds that you can get as each plant produces close to fifty thousand seeds in its lifetime. Once you have bought the seeds, gently sprinkle them on moist soil. Don’t dig and bury them deep into the soil as the seeds need sunlight to germinate and sprout. Ideally, the seeds can be planted outdoors, once the frost has disappeared for the year and temperatures are about 60 degree F. Usually, the seeds take seven to ten days to sprout after they have been planted. Once you spot the sprouts, move them 8 inches apart. 

From Stem cuttings : 

New plants of purslane can be obtained from the existing stem of a plant. This is can be boon or bane depending on the type of person you are. If you are an avid gardener, then you will be happy to see this spread rapidly and cover up the entire garden area. But if you are a fastidious or lazy gardener, you might not like this plant growing by leaps and bounds and occupying the space meant for other species. To propagate this plant from stem cuttings, cut a 6-inch, long stem from an existing plant. Remove the leaves towards the bottom end and plant them in the soil with half the stem buried underground. Keep the soil moist and not waterlogged. You will see new leaves budding in a week or so. For best results, plant the stem cuttings in a bright area, away from direct sunlight.


Medicinal Use:

Purslane is considered to be a nutritional powerhouse as it contains loads of antioxidants, vitamins E & C, and several dietary minerals in moderate quantities. In fact, it has seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It is also one of the rare vegetarian foods that is loaded with alpha-linolenic acid – an omega-3 fatty acid. 

Culinary use:

Purslane has a slightly sour and salty taste. The sour taste is due to the presence of oxalic acid and malic acid. Malic acid is produced by the plant through the crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) that is a characteristic of xerophytes. Being a leafy vegetable, purslane leaves are used in salads, soups and stews.

Product Description: 

  • Purslane plant in dimensions Pot. Great for decorating your space!
  • Purslane plants come in dimensions pots with our own premium soil blend.
  • Fast shipping anywhere in Coimbatore, usually within 24 hours of ordering. This will ship directly from our greenhouse to your door. Our plants never sit in dark warehouses.
  • Expert packaging and guaranteed live arrival. We also include an extended guarantee for 30 days from delivery!
  • Comes with a FREE color postcard with care instructions/DIY spade.
Common Name  Purslane, Pursley, Little Hogweed, Pigweed, Fatweed
Botanical Name  Portulaca oleracea
Plant Type  Medicinal plant / weed
Maximum growth  


40 cms (16 inches)
Light  Bright indirect sunlight
Temperature  Greater than 25 degree centrigrade
Soil pH  All
Soil Type  Moist soil
Watering frequency  Once in a while. Ideally twice or thrice a week
Bloom time  Midsummer to early fall
Flower Color  Yellow
Toxicity  Non Toxic
Difficulty level  Easy to grow
Benefits  Medicinal, culinary