Portulaca

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Plant Size: 4 to 6 inches tall

Candy-colored blooms coat portulaca, a succulent annual. Perfect for the hard-to-fill, dry, poor-soil nooks and crannies in your garden, portulaca performs in the “hot spots.” The semi-double flowers are like delicate roses. Plant in spring after all danger of frost is passed.

Plant Spacing: 8 inches.

Secrets to Success »

Heat, drought and poor soil bring out the best of this plant. In fact, it flowers better in poor, drier soil than in rich soil. Blooms open and close with the presence of sunshine.

Use »

After the last frost, plant in rock gardens, between sunny stepping stones, as a border or in any well-drained garden spot. Plant three or four in a sun-thirsty hanging basket for a drought-tolerant winner. Tolerant of salty spray and hot sun, it’s also great for coastal areas.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Plant alone, in a mass, for a groundcover effect.
  • Mix with gazania for a powerful color combo.

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