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Wingpod Purslane

Portulaca umbraticola

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

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Portulaca umbraticola Plant Information

Scientific Name: Portulaca umbraticola
Common Name: wingpod purslane
Family: Portulacacea
Suggested Uses: annuals, groundcovers, beds & borders, hanging baskets

good for hot urban areas
Plant Form: spreading
Height: 6 - 8 inches
Spread: 12 - 15 inches
Foliage: alternate, succulent obovate foliage tinged red in full sun
Flower: white, red, orange, gold, and pink single or double open saucer- or cup-shaped flowers

flowers last only one day, but puts out new blooms regularly

flowers may close in the heat of the day
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement

Soil: well-drained

pH adaptable

tolerates salt
Heat Tolerance: very high heat tolerance
Native Range: South America
Maintenance: can reseed and become invasive and weedy

propagation by seed or stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot
Additional Notes: often sold commercially under the name P. oleracea

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