Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Portulaca oleracea

Porcelane
Purslane

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

9 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September

Leaf type

Succulent

Height

20-45 cm

Description

A fleshy, trailing plant known since Antiquity. It spreads like a mat over the ground, stems and leaves often red-tinged.

It is commonly used in India and China as a vegetable. Portulaca oleracea var. sativa is grown as a crop, France being the largest producer and consumer in Europe.

Flowers

Tiny, yellow flowers.

Leaves

Succulent fleshy, water-retaining leaves. Spoon-shaped, fleshy, opposite or alternate on the stem.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: round, numerous black seeds, 4-7 mm.

Edible

Whole plant: it has a slightly sour, juicy, salty flavour.

Medical

Whole plant: rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. A diuretic, cooling herb that lowers fever and clears toxins; effective against many bacterial infections.

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