Annual succulent plant native to South America, widespread in the wild also in some areas of North America and Australia. It has reddish, fleshy, very branched stems and a prostrate bearing, which makes it an excellent ground cover plant; the leaves are light green, cylindrical, succulent, with an axillary tuft of thin white hairs. From June until the first autumn colds, numerous rose flowers bloom on the apex of the branches, with the wrinkled petals, which close in the dark; the flowers of the purslane they can be found in all colors except blue. The stems, flowers and seeds of purslane they are edible and are often eaten in salads.
The purslane needs to be placed in full sun to grow well and to produce numerous flowers. It fears the cold a lot, and usually with the arrival of the first autumn colds it rapidly deteriorates until it completely dries up; in temperate climates portulache they self-seed easily. It is a plant that needs heat and light. It gives its best therefore in full sun. Usually has no problems with the summer heat. It also tolerates half shade rather well provided that the soil where it is inserted is not too humid.