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Interesting Facts

Some species have edible high-iron leaves, such as P. oleracea, but are not used as ornamentals. Others are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers and even naturalized, such as P. grandiflora in Florida.

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Purslane   Sundial Hybrid (Portulaca)

Tough plants for tough places. Ground-hugging, succulent-leafed carpets glow with single or mini-rose double blooms that open only in the sunshine. Sow outdoors after the last frost, or start indoors 4-6 weeks earlier. Space 6-8" apart. A winner in hot and dry areas and perfect for containers. Ht:6". Sundial Mix is vigorous, with large 3" double flowers that stay open longer than other varieties. Fuchsia, pink. orange, scarlet, yellow and white. Sundial Peach is an all-America winner. Sensational peach-coral blooms.

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Plant Types: Annual
Light: Full Sun
Width: 6 inches to 1 foot
Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Fertilizer: Water Soluble Cactus Food
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Plant Care

The seeds themselves are extremely small. Before sowing the seed, mix it with washed sand. Then simply press the seeds into the soil surface.

Plant Growth:

Erect or trailing annuals or sometimes perennials, with small, fleshy, flat to cylindrical leaves that do best with full sun and warm temperatures.


Satiny-looking flowers which are either single or double. Full sun is needed in order to promote flowering.

Soil and Irrigation:

Poor, well-drained soil or sandy dry conditions. Do not use overhead watering when in bloom as this may cause damage to the flowers.


Aphids can be a problem. To remove aphids from the leaves spray them with gentle squirts of water.