Portulaca umbraticola (Wingpod Purslane)
Portulaca umbraticola (Wingpod Purslane) is an annual or short-lived perennial often incorrectly sold under the name of Portulaca oleracea…
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- Botanical name:Portulacaumbraticola
- Common name: Wingpod purslane
- Family: Portulacaceae
- Plant Type: Cactus or succulent
Portulaca umbraticola, commonly known as wingpod purslane, is a small, succulent annual or short-lived perennial with fleshy foliage and colourful blooms that vary in colour, from tangerine oranges to hot reds and pinks.
It’s particularly suited to growing from seed then planting out in pots and containers, or in colourful summer and autumn bedding schemes. It’ll thrive in the hottest, brightest sun and is renowned for its drought tolerance.
For best results, grow Portulaca umbraticola in full sun and well-drained soil. If plants start to look untidy in summer, cut back half of the growth to encourage fresh, flower-bearing shoots. Water sparingly and feed with a balanced slow-release fertiliser.
What You’ll Learn
- What Is Purslane?
- Cultivation and History
- How to Grow
- Growing for Microgreens
- Cultivars to Select
- Managing Pests and Disease
- Recipes and Cooking Ideas
- Medicinal Uses
- Quick Reference Growing Guide
PORTULACA - GROWING MOSS ROSE IN YOUR GARDEN
Mojave® Red purslane (Portulaca umbraticola). Photo: Proven Winners
With the growing popularity of succulents in recent years, portulaca deserves a place in the landscape. The cheerful flowers on this sun lover come in an array of pastel and vibrant tropical hues, offering weeks of continuous bloom from summer to frost. Heat and drought-tolerant, this virtually carefree plant thrives in high heat and low humidity conditions.
Ornamental portulacas are closely related to common purslane (Portulaca oleracea), an edible weed. They are useful in areas with poor soil where other plants struggle to grow, and is versatile as a ground cover, bedding plant, in containers or hanging baskets. This fast grower can be used to quickly fill in bare spots, and is attractive to bees and butterflies. (See more flowers for bees.)
Purslane Herb Care
If there’s one thing going for the purslane herb, it’s that it can take care of itself. It’s a hardy succulent that tolerates different types of soil. It still needs many hours of sunlight a day and you have to watch out for the many pests and diseases that attack it relentlessly.
This is probably the only precondition of growing purslane. It requires full sun and needs at least 8 hours a day to grow and thrive. Choose a southern or western spot in your garden to grow the succulent. Keep in mind that if you’re growing the herb from seeds, make sure to keep the seeds away from sunlight. This is why starting the plant indoors is the recommended way since you have control over the amount of light they get. But once it’s growing successfully, it needs all the sunlight it can get.
As with many succulents, purslane is a thirsty plant. It needs a lot of watering. Notice we said watering, not water. You should irrigate the plant frequently but don’t soak the soil. Keep it moist and aim the water at the root of the plant. It’s better to water the herb in the morning so that the water will not evaporate quickly under the hot sun. Too much water could kill the plant, so wait for the soil to dry out between irrigations.
Pests and Diseases
While purslane doesn’t attract your average garden pests such as aphid and spider mites, it does have its own set of bugs that attack it and can wreak havoc with the juicy leaves and stems. The two most lethal pests are portulaca leaf-mining weevil and purslane sawfly. The purslane sawfly lays its eggs in the summer on the leaves of the plant. When the larvae emerge, they start to feed on the leaves. If left unchecked, they could kill the herb. As for the Portulaca leaf-mining weevils, they also feed on the leaves and burrow holes in them. The only way to deal with these pests is to pick them by hand and dispose of them safely.
Most purslane varieties are ready to harvest within 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them. Only Goldgelber Purslane matures within 26 days and you can start to gather the leaves and stems within 4 weeks of planting it.
You can either cut the whole plant when harvesting, or you can allow it to regrow. In that case, you should cut it down to 2 inches from the base of the stem. It will spring back to life almost immediately and grow more leaves in a short period of time. However, each time the plant grows back, the stems become thicker and leaves less tender. Experts recommend you harvest the whole plant and sow fresh seeds to get tender leaves and stems.