Definition of purslane
: any of a family (Portulacaceae, the purslane family) of cosmopolitan usually succulent herbs; especially : a fleshy-leaved trailing plant (Portulaca oleracea) with tiny yellow flowers that is a common troublesome weed but is sometimes eaten as a potherb or in salads
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Some of her favorites are lantana, purslane and rose moss.
Urban agriculture Rick Stilley has tended a garden for close to 40 years, growing not only the usual vegetables but also edible flowers and even edible weeds, including purslane.
Besides the arboretum’s teaching nursery, rock purslane can be found in many large nurseries and home centers.
Making the cut — or not making the cut, from my own present dietary standpoint — are a few usual suspects, such as beets and cabbage, and a few less-usual, including cinnamon, purslane and goji berries.
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Origin and Etymology of purslane
Middle English, from Anglo-French porsulaigne, from Late Latin porcillagin-, porcillago, alteration of Latin porcillaca, alteration of portulaca
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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