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Lythrum portula - (L.)D.A.Webb.

Common Name Water Purslane, Spatulaleaf loosestrife
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Muddy margins of pools and puddles, but not in calcareous soils[17].
Range Europe, incl Britain, mainly central and northern areas but not the Arctic, east to the Caucasus.
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Weed Potential No
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Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Lythrum portula Water Purslane, Spatulaleaf loosestrife


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Lythrum portula Water Purslane, Spatulaleaf loosestrife
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lythrum portula is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from June to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

Peplis portula.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177].

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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

Requires a wet soil. Dislikes alkaline soils[17]. This species was formerly cultivated for its edible leaves[2]. A prostrate plant, the stem rooting as it creeps along the ground[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lythrum salicariaPurple LoosestrifePerennial1.0 3-10 FLMHSNMWeWa230

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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(L.)D.A.Webb.

Botanical References

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   Tue Sep 16 2008

Tootin should be Tutin

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