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While perusing a garden center I came upon this bright fuchsia flower, small that it was, it's vibrancy and the tiny star shaped flower growing out of it's center intrigued me. I learned it was a succulent and very hardy, drought resistant and brought it home for our garden. The color was so stunning I decided to shoot it with my 105mm macro lens right after a hard rain.
Portulaca oleracea (Common Purslane, also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, or Pursley, and Moss rose) is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae, which may reach 40 cm in height. Approximately forty varieties currently are cultivated. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. Depending upon rainfall, the flowers appear at anytime during the year. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are mature. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.
Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the middle east, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews. Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular) than any other leafy vegetable plant.
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