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Portulaca pilosa

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca (por-tew-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: pilosa (pil-OH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Portulaca cyanosperma
Synonym:Portulaca mundula

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FixerUpperInNH On May 30, 2008, FixerUpperInNH from Manchester, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Reseeds and spreads even up here in New England. The honey bees love it, they were all over them. They do spread, but I love the effect in my front bed because the soil dries out so quickly and these pretties really do help.

Neutral QueenB On Jul 15, 2005, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant will grow just about anywhere there is a place to get a foothold. The seeds are very tiny and can be carried by the wind or hitch a ride on people and animals. It is very beautiful in mass plantings, though, and has been very effective in preventing erosion between the bricks in my walkway. However, I wouldn't suggest using it in any kind of flowerbed or hanging plant; you'll end up with it growing everywhere.

Negative Farmerdill On Sep 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This little wild flower is an annual that rampantly reseeds in lawns in the Georgia sandhills. According to the distribution map it is found in the deep south , South Carolina to Texas. It is very dought resistant and infestations usually occur when lawns are stressed during droughts in July and August. It is pretty when blooming but here blooms open only in the morning.


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

Barling, Arkansas
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Webster, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Mathiston, Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi
Manchester, New Hampshire
Kingston, Oklahoma
Muldrow, Oklahoma
Hondo, Texas
Lipan, Texas
New Caney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Santo, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Temple, Texas

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