Family: Portulacaceae

Scientific Name: Portulaca grandiflora

Common Name: Moss Rose

DescriptionA ground hugging annual that grows best in full sun well drained areas.
Plant TypeAnnuals
Sunlightfull sun
MoisturePrefers to be grown on the dry side. High humidity, moisture and hot weather will cause root rot.
Soil & Siteaverage, well drained
TemperatureSuccumbs to the first frost.
Flowerssingle to double, range in size from 1-2 inches. large color pallet, close up on rainy or cloudy days
Leavesprostrate or ascending succulent plant with reddish well branches stems, moss-like appearance, hence the common name Moss Rose
Dimensions6-12 inches tall, space plants 8-10 inches on center (2.25-1.45 plants per square foot)
MaintenanceRelatively maintenance free, may resseed.
PropagationI find direct seeding the small seeds into a small container, such as cell pacs and allowing them to reach transplanting size is easier than using a seed flat and transplanting the very small seedlings into the growing container. Allow about 4-5 weeks from seed to garden. Plant in the garden after the danger of frost.
Misc FactsPortulac comes from the latin words porto-to carry and lac-milk. Brazil
Notes & Reference#28-Cottage Garden Annuals (Clive Lane), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills), #51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage)
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