Moss rose is a plant which belongs to the Portulaca genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (grandiflora) means 'with large flowers'.
While this is an annual, the plant will self-seed from zones 5-11. Usually sold in mixed colors.
This plant is toxic to pets. 1
There also have perennial type and it will not normally produce seeds. Perennial type is more hardy than the annual portulaca.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Brink pink and Canary yellow and Coral red. The mature flowers are of a double form. Leaves appear approximately as a Grade 1 Paint Green colour. It is a flower / ornamental that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Normally reaching to a mature height of 5.85 inches (15.0 cm). This plant tends to bloom in early summer. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Moss rose is a great choice.
Brazil is believed to be where Moss rose originates from.
As Moss rose is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
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Very hardy in full sun, don’t need a lot of watering to survive.Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 5 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.6 and 7.5 as Moss rose is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Moss rose is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
Direct sow outdoors in fall if you live in zone 5 or above. If you live in zone 4 or under, seed indoors before the last frost.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Moss rose about 49 days before your last frost date .
Grows in mass clumps and it is really only easy to transplant individual plants when they are tiny. They will reseed and spread on their own.
Can be transplanted from nursery-grown stock.
Portulaca has a seed container similar to the petunia. Allow flowers to dry on the plant and collect the ‘tiny cream colored and cone shaped seed pod’ carefully. Put them in a bag as you collect them one by one. Keeping them in the bag squeeze the ‘tiny pods’ gently and the seeds will emerge. After separating the debris from the seeds, allow to air dry before storing them in a labeled paper bag.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Moss rose so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Moss rose so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Moss rose plants:
Portulaca pilosa subsp. grandiflora
17 Nov 2011
Wow! Very hardy & prolific. Spread happily throughout the azeleas & ferns. Cuttings root in water easily. Will wait to see if it reseeds. Did very well as a ground cover.
Moss rose care instructions
How long does Moss rose take to grow?
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