Portulaca species, hybrids and cultivars
Other Common Names: Moss rose, purslane
The two main species grown for ornamental purposes are Portulaca grandiflora and P. umbraticola. They have colourful flowers and are grwn as annuals or short-lived perennials. They love heat and sun and can tolerate dry conditions better than most annuals, which makes them very good for Queenland.
P. oleracea (purslane or pigweed) is a very common weed belonging to this genus. Another you might encounter is P. pilosa
Portulaca featured in the 17-02-2023 edition of the email publication Get Results Gardening. That article which gave more information about this easily-grown bedding plant. Request a free trial and you can ask to be sent a copy of the portulaca edition in the message (Australian residents only). Get Results Gardening is a newsletter-style, mini-magazine for homeowners and others gardening in Australia, with an emphasis on the subtropics and South East Queensland. Click on the banner below ☟ for more information.
Portulaca in the landscape
A growing collection of photos that will help you understand what the plants look like and where you might plant them at home.