moss rose
portulaca grandiflora


Yet another name for this plant is Purslane, or Rose Moss.
It is good to know that Moss Rose flourishes in the hot summer sunshine. As with most plants Moss Rose does not like the clay soils. Set out plants after spring frost has passed and the soil begins to become warm to the touch. Moss Rose is simple to plant from seed and you will have more than enouth to share or move about the garden. Add about 2" of play sand to the flower bed. Make furrows in the soil and cover seeds with the barest amount of sand. Water with a fine mist, twice daily. When plants put out 6-8 leaves, pry out seedlings and move to another area or place in pots.

Few flowers are as drought resistent as the plant for the gardens. When conditions become very dry the plant may look shriveled until its leaves plump up with renewed moisture. Newer varieties have larger blooms and more colors available than your Grandma"s Moss Rose. Only apply light feedings of plant food when you first plant these. This plant does not like to have wet feet so, be sure to water when they have time to dry. Dont be afraid to pinch back the plant when it looks leggy, Shear plants to half-height, feed and water to stimulate a late show of color. Usually, Moss Rose is pest free.

moss rose


Season of Bloom
Mid-Summer to fall
Height
3x6 inches x 12 to 20 inches
Flower Color
blue, pink, red, yellow, peach and white.l
Soil
well drained.
Exposure
Full sun.

Reference Information
Annual Information is taken from Toby Bosts book "Carolinas" Getting Started Guide.
Toby Bosts Garden Guide