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Moss Rose, Common Portulaca

Portulaca grandiflora

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Portulaca grandiflora

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Portulaca grandiflora Plant Information

Scientific Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Common Name: moss rose

common portulaca
Family: Portulacaceae
Suggested Uses: annuals, groundcovers, beds & borders, container plantings, hanging baskets
Plant Form: spreading, cascading
Height: 6 - 8 inches
Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Foliage: leaves are alternate, narrow, fleshy and less than 1" long
Flower: rose, red, yellow, white, orange, and salmon flowers are rose-like or cup-shaped

flowers close in the afternoon
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement

Soil: prefers well-drained, loose soil

pH adaptable
Heat Tolerance: very high heat tolerance
Native Range: South America
Maintenance: reseeds, but plants may not be true to form

propagation by seed or stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot and crown rot

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