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Portulaca retusa 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.
Eastern N. America - Missouri to Arkansas and Texas, west to Nevada.
Rocky glades, sands etc[
]. The plants often grow in large patches a metre or more in diameter[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed outdoors in Britain, though we feel it should be possible to grow it either as a hardy or a half-hardy annual. According to the Flora of N. America[
], this species is no more than a synonym of P. oleracea. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a rather dry poor soil in full sun[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - raw or cooked. Ground into a powder and used as a mush[
Seed - sow spring in situ[