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Portulaca oleracea

Porcelane
Purslane

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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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