Winter Purslane is a cut and come again herb. The leaves are a bit "succulent" (e.g. fleshy.) Young leaves are preferred; they get bitter as they age or during very hot summers. Leaves from plants in full sun tend to be more bitter as well. The stems are also eaten.
Many people feel, though, that the flavour is pretty bland.
Winter Purslane is an annual plant that self-seeds. Where the winters are mild, thought, it will grow year round. The seeds must be sown by late winter at the latest in order for them to germinate. The plant will survive temperatures down to 5 F (-15 C) before it is killed.
It grows in mounds about a foot tall and a foot wide (30 x 30 cm), in any type of shade or sunlight. It blossoms from May to July with tiny white flowers with 5 petals that are pollinated by flies.
In Germany, it is cultivated in greenhouses.
Winter Purslane can be used as a fresh herb in salads, or as a pot herb.
Store covered with a damp cloth in refrigerator up to 6 or 8 days.
Winter purslane is native to the western coast of North America.
It was used first by natives, who introduced white settlers to it. It was spread to Cuba and to the eastern coast of North America, and from there to Europe and Australia.
It is now naturalized in the UK
The Clayton is one of the scientific names refers to a John Clayton, who was a botanist in the 1600s.
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- AngelicaAngelica is an herb more commonly used in Europe than it is in North America, where it is somewhat of an esoteric product that many people either give in and grow themselves, or obtain by mail-order. The plant, which is related to parsley and celery, is an energetic one, pushing up to 6 or 8 feet tall (1.8 to 2.4 metres.) It has bright green toothy leaves on ribbed, hollow stems that are purple at the base of the plant and turn light green towards the top.
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- Bay LeafBay trees can be kept trimmed into hedges or bushes, or in a warm Mediterranean climate can grow quite tall, up to 60 feet (18 metres.) The tree is an evergreen -- its thick, smooth, shiny dark-green leaves stay on the tree all year round. If you live in an area where you can grow Bay (aka Laurel) trees, you can use the leaves from the bush.
- BorageBorage is an herb plant that grows up to about 70 cm (2 1/2 feet) tall, with a spread of about 60 cm (2 feet.) The plant won't win any beauty contests -- it has wrinkled oval leaves with stiff, white prickly hairs -- but it develops beautiful flowers which are usually blue, sometimes pink or lavender. Though borage is an annual, it self-seeds, and will propagate easily in a garden.
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- TrefoilTrefoil is a perennial herb with a flavour between parsley and celery (some think fresh coriander or angelica.) It is evergreen in places where the winter is mild, and grows 1 to 3 feet tall (30 cm to 1 metre.) It blossoms with very tiny star-shaped flowers. The stems and leaves are used as an herb.
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