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Portulaca grandiflora /Portulaca

Portulaca grandiflora  / Portulaca grandiflora
Several colored flowers in this ground cover planting
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Several colored flowers in this ground cover planting

Flowers and small cactus-like leaves

Ground cover planting in full sunlight where soils are sandy and well drained

Expect this type of floral density from plants growing under favorable conditions

Close-up image of the crepe-textured flowers

Flowers and foliage

Flowering during the heat of summer

Several blossom colors

Yellow flowering cultivar

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Scientific Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Common Name: Portulaca
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Annuals for the Cool or Cold Season
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Called the moss rose, portulaca can grow in all sections of the country and should be planted or set out after the danger of frost has passed. The reddish stems and green leaves are thick, soft and juicy. The flowers are rose like and come in many colors. Do not irrigate portulaca overhead when it is in flower, as this damages the blossoms.