Portulaca oleracea

Portulaca oleracea

Common purslane

  • Botanical name: Portulaca oleracea
  • Common name: Common purslane
  • Family: Portulacaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Easy to grow, common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is a popular leaf crop, bearing masses of fresh-flavoured leaves throughout the growing season. It’s the perfect staple for summer salads and soups. 


Grow Portulaca oleracea in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Sow seed successionally every fortnight from May to October. Water regularly.

How to grow Portulaca oleracea

  • Plant size

    40cm height

    20cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

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Do not Collect seeds in May

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Do Collect seeds in August

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Do not Collect seeds in October

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Do not Collect seeds in December


Do not Harvest in January

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Do Harvest in October

Do Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Portulaca oleracea and wildlife

Portulaca oleracea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Portulaca oleracea poisonous?

Portulaca oleracea can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People