Kootenai County Seal, Administration Building, and Lake

Bill Hargrave,
Weed Superintendent

Email: kcnoxiousweeds@kcgov.us
P: (208) 446-1290
F: (208) 446-1282

Physical Address:
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10905 N. Ramsey Road
Hayden, ID 83835

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.


BOTANICAL NAME Portulaca oleracea

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Purslane is a fleshy, prostrate annual with smooth reddish or flesh-colored stems. The smooth, shiny, succulent leaves are somewhat teardrop-shaped, wider at the tip than at the base. The succulent leaves of this plant are valuable as a thickener when added to soups and stews. They can be eaten cooked or raw and make a good potherb, though it has never attained importance here as it has in India, Middle East and Europe.

WHERE DOES IT LIKE TO GROW? Introduced from Europe, common purslane has become a troublesome weed in cultivated fields and gardens. It is especially persistent in soils that remain moist much of the time.

WHEN DOES IT BLOOM? Five-pedaled yellow flowers are borne singly in leaf axils from July to September and open only in sunshine.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD? Numerous, tiny, black seeds are produced in capsules resembling flower buds throughout the growing season, and the ability to root again after cultivation make this plant especially difficult to control. Seeds can remain dormant in the soil for years before germinating.


- Pull or dig the new plants as they come up.
- Regular cultivation in the garden will help control this weed.
- Remove after pulling or cultivation to prevent them from re-rooting.

- Contact the Kootenai County Noxious Weed Department or the Kootenai County Extension Department for herbicide recommendations.


Contact the Kootenai County Noxious Weed Control office at 208-446-1290 or visit us at 10905 N. Ramsey Road in Hayden. See us on the web at www.kcweeds.com or email us at kcnoxiousweeds@kcgov.us

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