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Portulaca grandiflora has some common disease problems:
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage

Portulaca Portulaca grandiflora

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
por-tew-LAY-kah gran-dih-FLOR-ah
Description

Portulaca grandiflora is commonly called moss rose.  It's rose-like flowers form a moss like mat, making an excellent ground cover, thus the common name.

The red, orange, yellow, white and other pastel colors come in single, semi-double and double forms.  The flowers do no open on cloudy or rainy days, and close up from sun down to sun up.  

This plant has a high drought tolerance.  Aphids may be an issue.  

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Duet'
  • 'Duetros'
  • 'Margarita Banna'
  • 'Sundial Mango'
  • 'Sundial Peach'
  • 'Sunnyside Flame'
  • 'Yubi Pink'
  • 'Yubi Summer Joy Yellow'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#yellow#annual#summer#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#succulent#fall interest#hanging baskets#cpp#deer resistant#rock garden#groundcover#naturalizes
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Duet'
  • 'Duetros'
  • 'Margarita Banna'
  • 'Sundial Mango'
  • 'Sundial Peach'
  • 'Sunnyside Flame'
  • 'Yubi Pink'
  • 'Yubi Summer Joy Yellow'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#yellow#annual#summer#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#succulent#fall interest#hanging baskets#cpp#deer resistant#rock garden#groundcover#naturalizes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Portulaca
    Species:
    grandiflora
    Family:
    Portulacaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Ruffled rose-like flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Cylindrical appear in clusters along the stems.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer