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Asked by
jovan7641 on
July 25, 2011

Q. Weed in Italy

There is a weed that we ate in Italy. I’d like to know the name of it. The weed grows close to the ground and has oblong leaves that are somewhat thick. We called it Purchiazza in my dialect.

Answered by
Heather on
July 25, 2011
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I believe that this is called purslane in English. Here is more information on it:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/purslane/edible-purslane-herb.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 21, 2011

Q. Purslane

I need some help please. I bought some purslane to feed my pet squirrels and when I looked it up, it had yellow flowers. The stuff I bought has reddish pink flowers. Is this the same stuff or did I get the wrong thing? The tag says purslane (portulaca) and it has a picture of yellow and the reddish pink flowers.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 22, 2011
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Purslane actually comes in a variety of colors, which can range from white, pink and rose to shades of yellow and orange. There are even lavender varieties as well as multi-colored types. Typically, wild purslane (which is commonly considered a weed) has yellow blooms while the other types of purslane are nursery grown types that are available in numerous colors.

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Asked by
amylee on
October 6, 2011

Q. Purslane

I have many purslane and portulaca plants. I have had great success in starting new plants with cuttings. What I am having a problem with is getting the seeds from the plants to start growing. I have gathered the seed pods and put them in a grower’s mix soil, but they do not germinate. I don’t know why. Please help me find a solution.

Answered by
Heather on
October 10, 2011
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Are you covering the seeds? Portulaca seeds need light to germinate and should not be covered.

Purselane seeds on the other hand, needs to be chilled for a few weeks in order to germinate.

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Asked by
Gina on
August 4, 2012

Q. what does rose moss and pursane look like?

What does rose moss and purslane look like?

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 25, 2014

Q. Patio Purslane

I brought my hanging patio purslane inside for the winter. I live in Nashville, TN and want to know when I can put it back outside. Thank you!

Answered by
Nikki on
February 25, 2014
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As soon as the temps outside warm up and remain a consistent 50-60 degrees or more, preferably at night, and the threat of frost/freezing temps. has ceased. The plant needs to be properly acclimated first. It may exhibit some leaf yellowing and dropping while adapting to the new surrounding but this should cease on its own. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/move-houseplant-outside.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/acclimating-houseplants-outdoors.htm

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Anonymous on
April 19, 2014

Q. Common Purslane in My Garden

I live in Phoenix, AZ and have a small raised bed (6 X 8) with vegetables planted in it. Once I begin watering, the common purslane pops up all over the bed! I have tried using a pre emergent (organic) to no avail and it grows so fast I can’t keep up with pulling it out. Any suggestions as to how to keep purslane at bay?

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Nikki on
April 19, 2014
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Anonymous on
December 13, 2014

Q. two green weeds

I would like to know what is the difference between lamb’s lettuce/corn salad (Valerianella locusta) and purslane? If I look at the pictures, I really cant tell the difference at all. Are they somehow the same? Are they both for eating in the salads?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 15, 2014
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You can eat both. Lamb's lettuce will have a feel similar to bibb lettuce. Purslane is a succulent and so will feel fleshy, like a cactus or sedum.

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