Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

advanced search »
Garden Purslane
Common name:

Garden Purslane

Synonym name:

Hebrew name:

רגלת הגינה

Scientific name:

Portulaca oleracea



Arabic name:

ריג'לה / פרפחינה

annual plant
Flowering color:
Flowering period:
Growing areas:
It grows as a weed in gardens, cultivated fields and open areas irrigated during the summer.


need to run flash here for old browser
Garden Purslane is a weed that commonly grows in gardens. Its Stems sprawls on the ground. Its Branches are reddish and fragile. The leaves are egg-shaped and succulent. Its Small flowers grow in the branches splittings and their color is yellow color.
Garden Purslane is widely accepted, by the Israeli Arabs and other ethnic groups, as an eatable wild vegetable, and it contains plenty of omega-3. It is also considered as an important medicinal plant that heals urinary tract diseases, constipation, respiratory diseases and gastrointestinal tract diseases. It is also used to cure severe skin diseases, scabies and fungus.
How to use
For treating urinary tract diseases
Crush the succulent leaves and stems, and squeeze out their juice. It is recommended to drink half a cup of the juice a day. Another way is to cook three handfuls of Purslane in a liter of water for half an hour, filter and drink five cups a day.
The plant appears in the Jewish sources, named "regila", "Halaglogot" and "farfhina ". Our ancestors ate it green or cooked " Purslane  eaten as long as artichokes are still found in the valley
of Beit Netopha" (Seventh 9,5). 
The Arabic and Hebrew name of the plant is 'Rigela' – a leg. The name was given to it because its leaves shape is similar to foot and it grows, crawling on the ground.