Moss Rose grows well in hot, dry areas in rock gardens, as an edging plant and when interplanted in bulb beds. Portulaca grandiflora has a flatter leaf than the nearly cylindrical leaf of the Portulaca oleracea. The plants are decorated with a profusion of brilliant jewel-toned blooms throughout the year in south Florida. Freezing temperatures knock plants to the ground in more northern areas, but self-seeded plants may come up the following year. A sunny growing area and a light soil gives the best growth. The plants are six to nine inches tall and are spaced ten to twelve inches apart to form a tight ground cover several months after planting. The flowers of some varieties close at night and on cloudy days.
Scientific name: Portulaca grandiflora
Pronunciation: por-too-LAY-kuh gran-diff-FLOR-ruh
Common name(s): Purslane, Moss Rose, Rose Moss
Fact sheet: Portulaca
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