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PORTULACA (Portulaca grandiflora)


Annual — Sun


HEIGHT: 6 inches


SPREAD: 12- 18 inches


SPACING: 9- 12 inches


HABIT: Low-growing annual with succulent stems and rose like flowers in summer. Flowers are open in the morning and close during the heat of the day. New flowers every day.


CULTURE: Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Low water and food requirements.


USES: Colorful groundcover, summer flowers, pots, hanging baskets.


PROBLEMS: Flowers close in late afternoon. Snails, slugs, and cutworms.


NOTES: Purslane, a close kin, is probably better, since the flowers stay open longer during the day. Native to South America. Common names are purslane for the wider-leafed plant.





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