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Common Purslane - Portulaca oleracea


Common Purslane - <i>Portulaca oleracea</i>

Common Purslane

photo © Kelly Burke


Mat-forming with thick, fleshy, reddish-brown stems and succulent, rubbery leaves. Small yellow flowers form at the tips of stems. See botanical illustration.


Thrives in sunny, hot weather. Often found in thin turf or new lawns seeded in the summer. Loves sandy, nutrient rich, loose or disturbed soil.

Physical Control:

Maintain healthy, dense turf. If planting a lawn in summer, let area lie fallow before seeding.

Chemical Control:

In spring, apply pre-emergent herbicides containing pendimethalin or balan. Spot treat with post-emergent, broadleaf herbicide containing triclopyr, or MCPP, 2,4-D and dicamba.

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