Portulaca grandiflora
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Portulaca grandiflora

sun plant
moss rose

  family portulacaceae 
  genus portulaca 

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Genus  Portulaca Species  grandiflora Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sun plant   eleven-o'clock   moss rose Family  PORTULACACEAE Specimen number  S11232 Data source  HtZn p158;Xeri p276
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  10" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  No extra water Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Above 40� F AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This very tender plant can only survive nighttime temperatures of 40� Fahrenheit. Portulaca grandiflora needs summer days with high heat. Moss rose (also known as sun plant and eleven-o'clock) requires no extra water once established.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Self sows Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production. Portulaca grandiflora tends to self-sow year after year with little effort.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Portulaca grandiflora has an annual life cycle. Flowers: Moss rose (locally known in some parts as sun plant and eleven-o'clock) has bowl shaped flowers appearing in low growing masses. The blossoms appear in various colors.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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