Portulaca oleracea, a great-tasting plant that was considered a weed

The Portulaca oleracea, silk flower or Purslane is a succulent plant that for years was regarded as a weed. However, it is now more than proven that it has great virtues for health. It belongs to the Portulacaceae family and is native to India, Southern Europe and the Near East.

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Portulaca oleracea care

It is a plant that can reach 40 cm in height and stands out for its reddish stems and fleshy leaves. The flowers are rosette-shaped, with many stamens and 5 petals of various colors. The fruits are small capsules that produce many seeds.

It can be grown in a pot. You only need about 25 cm in diameter and about 20 cm deep. In addition, it is necessary to fill with ordinary substrate and add compost or cured manure. In mild climates it can be grown all year round.

Watering should be on a regular basis, but it should be noted that it resists drought. So it is considered a rustic plant that does not require great care.

It is a species that spreads easily and at high speed , so it is necessary to control this aspect if it is grown in the garden.

It can be multiplied by means of seeds, which can be sown directly in the seedbed. At first the light is good for them so that they can germinate. This takes about 15 to 20 days from planting. Now that if it is planted in seedbeds, it would be necessary to wait until they measure 5 cm in height to be able to transplant to the final place. The soil should be slightly damp and then put in a sunny place.

The harvest of its leaves can be done 60 days after sowing. Collect the leaves from 2 cm above the ground level and then wash well with plenty of water. The flowers can also be collected for consumption.

It is a very resistant plant that is not affected by diseases or attacked by pests.

What does purslane contribute

It is a species that has vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. In addition, it is a source of Omega-3 fatty acids and minerals (manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium). So this plant helps mitigate and prevent joint problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Even in traditional medicine it is used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and urinary tract.

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