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Portulaca grandiflora 'Sundial Mix'

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca (por-tew-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sundial Mix
Additional cultivar information: (Sundial Series)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive darylmitchell On Sep 21, 2008, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These little gems are a gardener's dream. I've grown these in past years and they have never let me down. They're cheap to buy, easy to get established, have low water needs, and give a profusion of colour. Mine happily bloomed from early summer until the first frost. I got a pleasant surprise the next year when I discovered they had self-seeded, and gave me a bunch of new flowering plants!

Positive plantmover On Nov 19, 2007, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

These bloomed continuously this summer in a container on the deck railing where they rec'd quite a bit of intense sun. They add a nice pop of color and are very undemanding; I look forward to planting them again next year.
Oddly, just this past week a squirrel ate every single bud right off, even though they hadn't bothered them all summer. Who can get inside the mind of a squirrel?! ;)

Positive Anitabryk2 On Jul 19, 2006, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant wintersowed nicely.

Positive aj_greenthumb On Sep 8, 2005, aj_greenthumb from London, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

These sundial portulacas are brilliant in colour, they love my area of London Ont. Zone 5a. From one plant they thrive into 6 inch high and 20 inch wide plants.. check out the 3 colours i grew this summer (2005)

Positive wwnight On Jun 21, 2005, wwnight from North Port, FL wrote:

This plant likes to hug the pot and hangs down the sides.The colors are very brilliant. I love the color when they open.You almost need sunglasses to look at them.

Positive twiggybuds On Jun 7, 2005, twiggybuds from Moss Point, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

These wonderfull little plants are perfect for hanging baskets, containers or a sunny bed. They are so bright and cheerful that they grab attention. They will tolerate poor dry soil but appreciate better conditions. The only fault is they want to close by 2pm but they are otherwise so special that they can be forgiven.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Florence, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Arbuckle, California
Elk Grove, California
Brandon, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Milton, Florida
North Port, Florida
Fayetteville, Georgia
Athens, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Rushville, Indiana
Spencer, Indiana
Dunmor, Kentucky
Mount Washington, Kentucky
Moss Point, Mississippi
Springfield, Missouri
Binghamton, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Baker City, Oregon
Clarksville, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Brownsville, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Camp Wood, Texas
Dodd City, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Orem, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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