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Portulaca oleracea /Purslane

Portulaca oleracea  / Portulaca oleracea
Hanging basket showing the nice draping quality of the purslane
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Hanging basket showing the nice draping quality of the purslane

A beautiful potted specimen of plants at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Makes a wonderful potted specimen in summer in hot dry exposed conditions

Flowers and the cactus-like foliage

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Scientific Name: Portulaca oleracea
Common Name: Purslane
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Annuals for the Cool or Cold Season
Comments: Purslane like portulaca grows best in full sunlight and in a well drained soil. Actually plants need very little soil to grow in. Plants are frequently used in rock gardens and other places where soils are shallow. Makes an excellent container plant and a seasonal ground cover during the hot months of the year.