Purslane Portulaca oleracea
IDENTIFICATION — This edible annual weed pops up almost anywhere in the garden. It forms low mats of succulent green leaves and red-pink stems that spread up to 2 ft. Small yellow flowers open for a few hours each morning.
FAVORITE CONDITIONS — Purslane will grow almost anywhere there is sun.
CONTROL — Pull or hoe young plants from the garden. Be sure to remove all stems and leaves because they can resprout rather quickly. Weed killers are slow to work, but pre-emergents will keep seeds from sprouting, if applied before temperatures reach 70 degrees.