Pigweed

Scientific Name: 
Portulaca oleracea
Family Name: 
Portulacaceae
Place of Origin: 
Australia
Plant Description: 
A creeping succulent with gorgeous bright flowers
Plant Use: 
Edible
Animal Fodder
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Danger
Harvest Period: 
All year for leaves and seeds (which set after rain)
Of Interest: 
Raw, cooked. Edible leaf bases and seeds. Seeds can be ground for a flour. Bottom of stems can be chewed to ward off dehydration. Can be used for weaving. Is also used as stock fodder but can be poisonous due to oxalic acid and nitrates (especially when grown in nitrogen enriched soil).
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Succulent
Prostrate
Climate: 
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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