Sunrose, Moss Rose or Purslane
Portulaca is a genus of brilliantly flowered succulent plants most
often used for annual bedding displays in warm dry conditions.
Primarily low growing and sprawling, the succulent stems and leaves
creep along the ground and bloom in bright coloured satiny crinkled
flowers all summer, with blooms opening only in full sun.
come in all shades of pink, red, yellow and orange.
Not frost hardy, Portulaca will die back as soon as colder weather arrives.
can be used with great effect and low maintenance in the worst of
conditions – the ‘hell strip’ alongside roadways, traffic islands and
parking lots, in hanging baskets and on slopes in full sun and well
They are excellent in shallow containers and rock
gardens, or planted among other larger succulents as a groundcover.
one of the best known succulent plants it’s easy to grow from seeds or
cuttings, and fills in quickly forming a thick blanket and will root
along the length of its fleshy stems to prevent soil erosion.
variety of Portulaca ‘Sun Jewels’ has abundant flowers in orange and
yellow shades, and the variety ‘Wildfire’ is grown mainly in hanging
baskets with its profuse tiny flowers in many shades of red, white,
yellow and orange.
Many annual types such as ‘Magic Carpet’,
‘Sunglo’ and ‘Sunkist’ will grow rapidly and easily from seed, and will
self sow the following season in the right spot. These have brightly
coloured tissue paper blooms in all shades of yellow, white, orange, red
The weed type of Portulaca oleracea, or purslane is
sometimes grown as a pot herb, to be cooked and eaten. The French grow
it as pourpier, and many people of Mexican extraction call it verdolaga.
Use caution if introducing it to your garden, as it can be quite
invasive. Luckily, although it self seeds profusely, its shallow
spreading root system can be a benefit to prevent soil erosion.
of growth, low maintenance and minimal water requirements make this the
perfect filler plant for difficult sites, performing flawlessly
throughout the summer.
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