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Portulaca retusa - Engelm.

Common Name Little hogweed
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky glades, sands etc[43]. The plants often grow in large patches a metre or more in diameter[235].
Range Eastern N. America - Missouri to Arkansas and Texas, west to Nevada.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Portulaca retusa Little hogweed


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2
Portulaca retusa Little hogweed
Pedro Acevedo-Rodriguez @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Portulaca retusa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[61, 105, 161]. Seed - raw or cooked. Ground into a powder and used as a mush[161].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed outdoors in Britain, though we feel it should be possible to grow it either as a hardy or a half-hardy annual. According to the Flora of N. America[270], this species is no more than a synonym of P. oleracea. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a rather dry poor soil in full sun[1, 200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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