Information on Pink Purslane

Common Name: Pink Purslane
Scientific Name: Claytonia sibirica
Irish Name: Nuaireacht dhearg
Family Group: Portulaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Pink Purslane is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


An unusual little plant, Pink Purslane grows to about 30cm high. It has 15-20mm across pink flowers. They have 5 notched, dark-veined, pink petals, with small yellow markings towards centre of flower. The stamens are tipped with pink pollen. What to look for are the 2 cup-shaped sepals below the flower. These flowers are borne in small clusters on erect, hairless stems. Basal leaves are oval and stalked.  Stem leaves are opposite, veined and stalkless. The preferred habitat seems to be damp woodland and sandy soil. This is an introduced annual or perennial, very occasional found in the North East and South East of Ireland. It belongs to the Blinks family. 

I first recorded and photographed this plant in May, 2012. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Purslane, Pink
Purslane, Pink