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Purslane

Other names: Common purslane, little hogweed
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland and gardens throughout the U.S.
General description: Prostrate, fleshy and succulent plant with purplish stems. Can tolerate poor soils and drought.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are oblong, succulent and hairless.
True leaves: Alternate or opposite, small, spatula-shaped, fleshy and succulent with smooth edges.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are yellow and open only when it’s sunny. They are found alone at the
leaf bases or clustered at the ends of branches. Fruit is an oval capsule with many seeds that splits open in the middle.

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