Portulaca grandiflora

Portulaca grandiflora, also known as moss rose or purslane, is a popular flowering plant that is prized for its colorful blooms and easy-to-grow nature. This plant is native to South America but has become widely cultivated in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia.

Portulaca grandiflora typically grows to a height of around 6 inches and spreads out to form a dense mat of succulent leaves. The leaves are small, cylindrical in shape, and come in a range of colors from green to red, depending on the cultivar. The plant produces small, brightly colored flowers that bloom in the summer, and each flower lasts only a day, but the plant produces a continuous show of blooms throughout the season.

One of the main benefits of Portulaca grandiflora is its ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions. It is drought tolerant and can grow in poor, sandy soils, making it an ideal choice for gardens and landscapes in arid climates. The plant is also low maintenance and requires little care beyond occasional watering and fertilizing.

Portulaca grandiflora is available in a wide range of colors, including red, yellow, pink, white, and orange, making it a versatile addition to any garden or landscaping project. It can be planted in rock gardens, borders, or containers, and its succulent leaves and trailing habit make it well-suited to hanging baskets or window boxes. Overall, Portulaca grandiflora is a hardy and colorful plant that can add a touch of cheer to any outdoor space.

Mature Size / Spread / Form  

15cm / Trailing

Foliage Color

Reddish / Yellow

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