There is a succulent-looking weed growing in a crack in my driveway. What is it?

  • Conditions: Dry, full sun, asphalt & gravel, no competition.
  • Date: 2018-07-16
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Size: 40cm x 40cm x 2cm

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    $\begingroup$ I am not familair with the flora of the New World, but this looks like Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Jul 16, 2018 at 18:36
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    $\begingroup$ @RHA is correct, it is Portulaca oleracea (RHA you should put this as an answer). This is purslane in one of its favorite and classic environments, a driveway crack! If this specimen has not been sprayed, you might taste a few leaves -- people put it in salads. And if don't want it around, pull it now, it is about to bloom and the seeds will be abundant. $\endgroup$ Jul 16, 2018 at 23:47

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This is Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea. It is used in salads, although it contains oxalic acid and there are poisenous plants resembling Purslane, see comment below. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

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    $\begingroup$ An acquaintance advised me of this: 1) Make sure you can distinguish it from hairy-stemmed spurge (which is poisonous) 2) Purslane contains oxalic acid, so those at risk of kidney stones should not eat too much! More info here: jstookey.com/node/214 $\endgroup$
    – User1974
    Jul 17, 2018 at 16:07

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