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WARNING: the weed Hairy-Stemmed Spurge or Creeping Spurge looks like Purslane, but is POISONOUS!

I picked what I thought was Purslane, which has many health benefits,

BUT... it was NOT Purslane, but Hairy-Stemmed Spurge--

I looked it up on the net, asked my husband to check it out for me as well, and as I was putting the leaves of the poisonous plant into my mouth and beginning to chew it, my husband pointed out the weed that looks a lot like Purslane, but is NOT--

He just saved my life!

I quickly spat it out, rinsed my mouth with water several times, and ate some celery instead.

The "Hairy-Stemmed Spurge' or "Creeping Spurge" has flatter looking leaves, and when the stem is squeezed, a whitish substance comes out, and THIS IS POISONOUS!

Here is the website to become better informed.

I will also enter this information on the question I had about Purslane to warn people about it.

http://unrulyroots.blogspot.ca/2013/07/poisonous-weeds-that-might-growing-in.html

There is a picture comparing the two weeds, with the poisonous one on the top, the Hairy-Stemmed Spurge or Creeping Spurge.

487 day(s) ago

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Kravenhead
I just came from your original post.
Thank you so much for posting the Warning.
In my opinion, without on the spot expert advice, eating things one finds in the wild is very risky.

Here's the picture from the article showing the two plants together. The poisonous one on top.
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I'm very thankful you're OK.

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Kravenhead
466 day(s) ago
Thanks! And you!

Trissinger
466 day(s) ago
Not to worry, K--.

Hope you are well.

Kravenhead
483 day(s) ago
Yay! I feel better. I'm a worry wort.

Trissinger
483 day(s) ago
Thanks K--

Yes, perhaps I'll look for the seeds, good idea.

Kravenhead
485 day(s) ago
Maybe you could get some seeds somewhere and grow your own.
Mushrooms are another that worry me.... So many plants look similar, but are very different.
A Happy and Safe Wednesday to you!!!!!

Trissinger
485 day(s) ago
And thanks for caring, most kind of you--

Trissinger
485 day(s) ago
Well, when I'd discovered my mistake, I began to worry that either you or Philosopher or someone else visiting here might find some Spurge, thinking it was Purslane--

... And that would have been horrifically tragic.



In reality, the Spurge looks much greener than the photograph allows.

I think I also wanted to believe that I had the correct plant, even though my husband did wonder if it was Purslane, and that was before he found the warning about the similar poisonous one.

It did also cross my mind that the plant I had in hand may not have thick enough leaves.

Next time I look for a plant from the wilds, I'll do a more thorough search.

And yes, there will be a next time! I am now determined to find the real Purslane.
I'll let you know when I find it, but I also won't eat any of it until I first show it to my husband--



A Happy & Safe Tuesday to you, Kraven!

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