This plant grows close to the ground. It is seldom more than
a few centimeters tall. Its stems and leaves are fleshy and often
tinged with red. It has paddle shaped leaves, 2.5 centimeter
or less long, clustered at the tips of the stems.
Its flowers are yellow or pink.
Its seeds are tiny and black.
Habitat and Distribution
It grows in full sun in cultivated fields, field margins,
and other weedy areas throughout the world.
All parts are edible. Wash and boil the plants for a tasty
vegetable or eat them raw. Use the seeds as a flour substitute
or eat them raw.
Purslane is full of vitamins and delicious. It is great when
used like lettuce on sandwiches. It is also a common weed, but
unfortunately, it is only common near civilized areas, and not
in the wilderness.