Common Purslane

Portulaca oleracea

Commonly known as pigweed, pursley, duckweed or hogweed

Common purslane came from Europe mostly for culinary purposes. Common purslane has a sour, salty flavor that contributes many different salads, cheeses and oils. As an invasive weed, however, it can inundate gardens and flower beds as it thrives in well fertilized, sandy soils that are consistently damp.

Although easy to control, common purslane can reproduce very easily as the seeds germinate later in the growing season making some pre-emergents less effective. The seeds are effective for very long periods, even after uprooting. Cultivation is not effective as stems can root and continue growing. Full removal of the taproot is required for complete eradication. Most herbicides are effective during the growing season when used correctly.

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