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Pink Purslane is a Florida native that loves hot weather and tolerates drought. A low-growing succulent, it attracts bees, butterflies and birds. It is also called shaggy portulaca, pigweed and kiss-me-quick. Perhaps the name that best captures the plant’s essence is chisme, Spanish for “gossip” because that’s how fast the seeds spread.

In addition to being an attractive groundcover that thrives on neglect, flourishes in places where few other plants grow and attracts wildlife, purslane is also a powerhouse of nutritious value. This edible herb is high in vitamins A and C, contains traces of iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus and has more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant source.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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