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Naturescapes of Beaufort, SC

Sesuvium portulacastrum (Perennial Sea Purslane)




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This 1″ -8″ tall native succulent is one of the pioneer species which bind loose beach sand together so that dunes can form. It also slows erosion along salt marshes. It doesn’t need salinity to survive. We have been growing it for years and have never salted it once. Watch for pink flowers to open in the afternoon so that metallic native bees can pollinate it. Blooming best in full sun, I have also seen it growing in shade. It would be beautiful cascading down a bluff or a container garden too.

For I time I mistook it for Purslane (Portulaca oleraceae). I picked it for Luis who cooked it with eggs (like his mother cooked “regular purslane” in Oaxaca) It was pretty good. When I found out that I had been picking the wrong plant, I was horrified. Fortunately Perennial Sea Purslane has been eaten and used as medicine all over the world. I was googling and came upon some wonderful information here. http://www.eattheweeds.com/sesuvium-portulacastrum-maritime-munch-2/

It is normally deer-resistant, interplant it with one of the “Deer Baffles” where browsing is excessive

We propagate our plants from native populations right here in Beaufort Co, SC.

Additional information

Weight 1.7 kg
Dimensions 7 x 7 x 11 in

3.5" pot, 1 gallon


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