Plant Profile: Portulaca


I love this annual, in fact it made it into my favourite new varieties for both 2011 and 2012!

2011Portulaca, Duet Hawaiian Rose    
2012 – Portulaca, Happy Hour Coconut
Portulaca-Hawaiian-Rose-2 portulaca-happy-hour-coconut

As you can see, same plant, completely different varieties!

Commonly called the moss rose, this is a sun loving plant and must be planted in full sun in order to thrive. They like sandy soil and do well with little maintenance. However they are adaptable and will grow in any well drained soil. Make sure you water if you’re lucky enough to have a hot dry spell! Fertilize lightly or the greenery will grow well but you will get much fewer flowers. These are low growing spreaders, anywhere from 6 to 18 inches. Height is 4 to 8 inches. Great for borders!

With such a large choice of colours and either single or double variety, they are just the plant to add a blast of colour to your garden from June through September. They are a half hardy annual and will self sow. When they do you can expect smaller blooms and less colours. Older varieties will close when there is no sun but the newer varieties tend to stay open.

Portulaca is a great flower for beginner gardeners as they don’t mind a little neglect, however they are a seasoned gardeners favourite for their bright & happy blooms!

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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