Moss Rose, Rose Moss
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)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Annuals

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Succulent

Rubbery-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Grenoble,

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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

This plant wintersowed nicely.

Positive

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

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

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.