August 16, 2017

Purslane with a Patent

Portulaca oleracea 'Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet' - purslane

Janine Pineo Photo | Portulaca oleracea ‘Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet’ – purslane

Portulaca oleracea 'Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet' - purslane

Janine Pineo Photo | Portulaca oleracea ‘Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet’ – purslane

Some consider purslane to be a weedy bane in their garden. Others do some scientific mumbo-jumbo and file for a patent. Enter a variety of Portulaca oleracea: ‘Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet.’ This prostrate, trailing type of purslane is  a cross between the unpatented Yubi series cultivars Yubi Scarlet and Yubi Rose – the scientific mumbo-jumbo. The patent, filed in 1999, states that the plant has to be grown through cuttings, which is how it maintains its original form and color that was discovered in 1991. The form is that of a trailing succulent, with glossy leaves, only reaching about 6 inches in height but with a spread of up to 2 feet. Orange-red with a yellow center, the flowers typically will close as the light fades. Who knew a weed could be so complicated?

 

The leaves of Portulaca oleracea 'Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet' - purslane

Janine Pineo Photo | The leaves of Portulaca oleracea ‘Yubi Summer Joy Scarlet’ – purslane