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This week’s weed is Purslane. A weed often confused with Prostrate Spurge that appears to be prolific this year! The leaves are thicker and more succulent than Spurge. According to the CSU Extension Site, Purslane is easily pulled and killed by herbicides when the plant is young and from moist soil. It is much harder to pull out and once it is mature. You also want to either kill or pull when young before the plants start to flower since they produce large amounts of seeds.

Or you can eat them! My toddler daughters and I tasted some since they are popping through my mulch and my girls liked them! They wanted to eat more right then, but it might have been a ploy to not go to bed, but I said we would make a salad tomorrow and they were excited. They aren’t always big veggie eaters so I am thrilled!

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
Purslane infestation
Purslane infestation
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