Portulaca oleracea var. sativa (50 days) Its wild relative, the common garden weed, was a favorite edible of both Thoreau and Gandhi. This domesticated strain is more erect than the wilding, with larger leaves, and not crawly. Succulent texture with a mildly acerbic flavor that makes it an ideal addition to salad mixes. Golden-green leaves in an X-pattern. ①
3182 Golden Purslane - Organic
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Culture: Direct seed in spring, after danger of frost. Thin to 5" apart. Can be cut; will regenerate. We recommend a succession planting to maximize tenderness.
Its Latin name means ‘milk-bearing vegetable.’ Purslane leaves have more vitamin C than spinach leaves and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.
All greens are open-pollinated except where noted.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.