- any of various fleshy-leaved plants of the genus Portulaca, especially P. grandiflora, widely cultivated for its showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of portulaca
1540–50; < New Latin, genus name, Latin: purslane
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Examples from the Web for portulaca
I mean, the portulaca and heliotrope and other old-fashioned plants she dug up for me.Natalie: A Garden Scout
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
No; what I want is a bed of portulaca, and some cypress vines running up strings to the top of a pole.
The leaves are said to contain malic acid in considerable quantity, and have been eaten as salad, like Portulaca.
Pigweed: Portulaca, or the native purslane, a creeping annual of a reddish-green colour and an excellent vegetable.Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria
This fact was corroborated by the discovery of irritable stamens in Portulaca and Opuntia, and other genera of cactaceæ.
- any portulacaceous plant of the genus Portulaca, such as rose moss and purslane, of tropical and subtropical America, having yellow, pink, or purple showy flowers
C16: from Latin: purslane