PORTULACA grandiflora

Rose Moss, Sun Plant



Height: 4-8" (10-20cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: White, pink, red, yellow, orange, purple

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder)
Order: Caryophyllales (Pinks Order)
Family: Portulacaceae (Rose Moss Family)
Genus: Portulaca (Rose Moss)
Species: grandiflora (with large flowers)

Portulaca grandiflora is a short fleshy plant with short, spiky leaves, vaguely like a moss, giving rise to one of its common names. The bright flowers are like small roses with wilting petals. They do well in full sun, and provide a bright splash of ground cover colour in rockeries or containers.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:

Seed Pod

The seedpod is pointed, immediately on top of the pointed leaves.


The seeds are tiny black balls. There are many seeds in a pod.


The seedling has thin, pointed, fleshyleaves.

Seed sowing and Germination

Spring: Seeds sown inside in spring germinated in 11 days. Seeds sown outside in spring germinated in 19 days.

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