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Common Name: Water Purslane
Lythrum portula is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe, incl Britain, mainly central and northern areas but not the Arctic, east to the Caucasus.
Muddy margins of pools and puddles, but not in calcareous soils[
Requires a wet soil. Dislikes alkaline soils[
This species was formerly cultivated for its edible leaves[
A prostrate plant, the stem rooting as it creeps along the ground[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ.