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Portulaca Oleracea

Botanical Name:

Portulaca oleracea

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Sun
6+ hours of direct sun per day
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Annuals, Herbs, Annual, Edible, Ground Cover, Succulent, Weed, Prostrate, much-branched, succulent annual forming a spreading mat, or infrequently ascending, stems and leaves green or flushed red.

Lifespan

Annual

Flower

Flowers are small (1/4 inch), yellow, and have five heart-shaped petals that can appear any time of year. They can be found in the cluster of leaves at the stem end and they open only briefly in the morning hours., Sepals (2.5–)3–4.5(–5.5) mm long, crested and winged along the midline upwards; petals 5, yellow (very rarely pale pink), 3–8 mm long, emarginate to bilobed; stamens 7–12; stigma 3–6-branched.

Fruit

An egg-shaped capsule that will scatter tiny, black, shiny seed when it splits open., Capsule dehiscing just below the middle, lid conical, chartaceous, constricted 2/3 up, the apical portion thinner, nipple-like and retaining 1 or more seeds above the constriction; seeds orbicular-reniform, 0.65–1 mm long, testa cells stellate, often also tuberculate and/or papillose.

Benefits
Attracts

Bees

Taxonomy

Order

Caryophyllales

Family

Portulacaceae

Genus

Portulaca L. – purslane

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