Scientific Name: Portulaca oleracea
Family: Portulaceceae (Purslane Family)
Common name: Purslane
Description: Prostrate annual, succulent herb; flowers and fruits May-October.
Range and Habitat: Originally native to Asia and probably introduced into North America from Europe; naturalized and widespread weed over nearly the whole world in fields and waste places.
In Porcher’s time… Purslane was used in the treatment of scurvy and worms; it was a much-vaunted as an antidote for poisoning from Spanish flies. The plant was also used to make a very desirable blue dye.