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Portulaca oleracea subsp. sativa (Golden Purslane)


Scientific Name

Portulaca oleracea subsp. sativa (Haw.) Čelak.

Accepted Scientific Name

Portulaca oleracea L.

Common Names

Golden Purslane


Portulaca sativa, Portulaca oleracea var. sativa

Scientific Classification

Family: Portulacaceae
Subfamily: Portulacarioideae
Genus: Portulaca


Portulaca oleracea subsp. sativa is an annual, low-growing succulent with a spread of up to 2 feet (60 cm). The leaves are much bigger, more yellow, and less succulent than Portulaca oleracea subsp. oleracea. The stems are mostly the same color as the leaves.

Portulaca oleracea subsp. sativa (Golden Purslane)

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It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.

How to Grow and Care

Portulacas tolerate many kinds of soil but prefer sandy, well-drained soil and love the full sunlight. These plants are excellent for high heat and drought tolerance and will seed and spread themselves very well. Some control methods may be needed to keep Portulacas from becoming invasive to areas where they are not wanted. These beautiful plants do spread easily and very well.

These succulents require no attention at all when growing and flowering. However, you should remove them from the garden before Portulacas have a chance to set seed as they may take over the garden. You do not need to water often for proper Portulaca care. The cylindrical foliage of the plants retains moisture very well. Thus, regular watering is not needed. When they are watered, just a light watering will do, as their root zone is very shallow.

The seeds of Portulacas should be sown on the soil surface following the last frost of spring. Ideally, these plants should be grown in a sunny part of the garden. If starting Portulaca indoors, then start about one and a half months in advance.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Portulaca.


Portulaca oleracea subsp. sativa exists mostly in cultivated forms in Iran and is occasionally found as escaped from cultivation in the wild.


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