Purslane is an annual broadleaf weed that grows in a mat-like shape, choking-out lawns, vegetables and flowers. It is succulent with reddish-brown stems and small green leaves that have a rubbery texture. Small yellow flowers bloom from late spring through summer. Purslane thrives in hot, dry weather—the stems and leaves store water, allowing this weed to sustain during drought.


Purslane is found throughout the United States.

Related or Similar Plants

Florida Pusley, Wild Portulaca

Cultural Solutions

  • Pull and remove when weeds are young. Plants will re-root easily.
  • Mulch heavily in landscape beds.