Common Purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Portulaca oleracea in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Growing low in a sunny perimeter of maize plants at Eldoret, Kenya. July 2014.

It is not often that gardeners find weeds useful, but in this case the plant can be eaten raw in salads or cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The fast-growing stems creep along the ground, occasionally reaching 10 cm tall, normally in sunny borders rather than in the shade between crop plants. Both the leaves and stems are thick and fleshy. This plant probably was introduce unintentionally by European settlers as they initiated their farming activities.

Portulaceae -- Purslane Family

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Kenya Natural History

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