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Portulaca grandiflora 'Samba Pink Bicolor'

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca (por-tew-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Samba Pink Bicolor
Additional cultivar information: (Samba series)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
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
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive QuapawKid On Feb 25, 2013, QuapawKid from Glencoe, OK (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grow 3 types of samba.The purple,white and tri-color.It grows like Purslane but,when it comes back the next year it blooms.U can take cuttings and grow a new plant.When fall gets here I bring into the greenhouse about 2 hanging baskets of each color.Don't water unless they really get dry.Next Spring I take them outside in full sun.Usually the first of May I use 13-13-13 osemcote fert. on them.Give alot of beauty here til October.Enjoy growing them.

Positive Kim_M On Aug 14, 2009, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of the Prettiest Protulaca I have seen. The flowers are large and Petunia-like. It is beautiful for a hanging basket or in the ground.


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

Cape Coral, Florida
Loganville, Georgia
Glencoe, Oklahoma
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
Cleburne, Texas
Manassas, Virginia

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