Tips on planting and care

Unsurprisingly, purslane (Atriplex halimusA plant that grows near the coast. Its small, bluish-gray leaves are found not far from the coasts of the Mediterranean, but also on the Atlantic side. For gardeners who live not far from the sea, it is the perfect plant for a border or hedge because it is resistant to sea spray. Here’s how to grow purslane.

Where, when and how do we plant purslane?

Its natural environment makes it a hardy plant. It is not demanding in relation to the type of soil and is resistant to sandy and calcareous soils.

Autumn is the perfect time for planting. Choose a sunny spot to grow well.


  • Start by digging a hole at least 30 cm deep.
  • Remove the plant from the container and separate the root ball to prevent the roots from getting tangled.
  • Place the purslane in the center of the hole, then fill it with the rest of the soil. Be careful not to bury the garland, it should just touch the surface of the soil.
  • Foil well to prevent strong winds from burrowing the plant.
  • For hedges, place each plant at a distance of one meter.
Purslane Atriplex halimus
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How to care for purslane?

This plant is fairly robust, and does not require much care. Only water it when the summer is very dry. It is also possible to prune them after flowering to maintain a good habit.

Rich in mineral salts, purslane leaves are edible. Help yourself as needed.

It is not susceptible to disease and pests do not seem to be interested in it.


It is possible to propagate sea purslane either by cuttings that you will make at the beginning of summer, or by sampling. In the latter case, all you have to do is replant the shoots that you took from the base of the foot.