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.
There is a picture comparing the two weeds, with the poisonous one on the top, the Hairy-Stemmed Spurge or Creeping Spurge.
586 day(s) ago