Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Common purslane
(a.k.a. Little hogweed, red root, pursley)

Low growth habit, close-up of bright green, shiny herb with round elliptical leaves and yellow flowers.

Purslane is a common weedy herb frequently found in gardens and on sidewalks. It grows in a spreading, prostrate fashion and has small yellow flowers. The leaves are oval and succulent, on orange to red stems. The flowers are small and yellow. The entire plant is edible and has been used in cuisine around the world for centuries. Common purslane can be eaten as a leaf vegetable and can be consumed either raw or cooked.

Foliage and yellow flower. The five petals are two-lobed. Stamens are yellow.
Wider view of growth habit, showing spreading, red stems.
Small, single yellow flower with bright green foliage behind.
Dense foliage with small yellow flowers
Shiny, green foliage, small, yellow flowers, and red stems.
Mass of dull green foliage covering a large area with dull brown grassland behind.

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