Purslane, Pigweed 'Fairytale Cinderella'

Portulaca oleracea

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca (por-tew-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: oleracea (awl-lur-RAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fairytale Cinderella
Additional cultivar information:(Fairytale series)
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Alpines and Rock Gardens


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

New Market, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Queen Creek, Arizona

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Port Saint Joe, Florida

Benton, Kentucky

South China, Maine

Columbia, Missouri

Columbus, Ohio

Baytown, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Southlake, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2014, InsaniD from Columbia, MO wrote:

LOVE this plant! Not a big fan of Portulaca as a general rule, but this one is just lovely. It isn't hardy here, and it doesn't seem to self-sow (and even if it did, likely to not come true).

We brought ours in over the winter. Kept it two ways. One, of course was as a "houseplant", which worked ok, under lights, but it did get a bit leggy and thin. Sheared it back to the base when we took it outside and it is filling in nicely.
The other way was to simply cut the whole plant back at the base. We kept the top and discarded the "roots". Trimmed the top part of the plant down a bit, then left it on a shelf in the garage where it gets cool, but not cold, due to heating and got a bit of ambient light. Just left it there, all the leaves fell off and was left with a ... read more


On Sep 3, 2009, osubugboy from Atlanta, GA wrote:

Great in the GA sun, even in containers!
Starts easily from cuttings.


On Apr 24, 2009, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

came back nicely, if slowly, from a very cold (3 freezes) winter. i have it in a concrete pot in partial sun. it's a little more finicky than other purslanes i've had.


On Mar 30, 2008, stephanotis from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought this as a 1 gallon plant last year at Home Depot, but the tage said it was a moss rose/purslane cross. I Googled that, and never found any info on it. I planted it on a gravel covered mound, southern exposure with a drip. It thrived and spread, and was beautiful all summer. I was extremely disappointed to not find any seed capsules anywhere, and it died out at the end of the season as soon as it got cold. All my other moss rose reseeded, as well as the purslane, but not this one. Hopefully I can find it again this year, because I really enjoyed having it.


On Jan 13, 2007, Cambium from Lamar, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Succulent spoon shaped leaves with brittle, succulent, sprawling stems that can root where the joints touch the ground. Blooms almost continuously with full sun to part shade, fair to rich soil, moderate watering. Seems to stress out if too dry. Jnana gave me a start of this lovely groundcover for my new yard. Within a few months in full sun, it covered a 4x4 area under a Hibiscus tree. Takes trimming back to about 4" then returning with fresh blooms in a few weeks. Could probably be invasive but very easily controlled. Grows up to around 8" tall.


On Jul 5, 2004, hekdek from Columbus, OH wrote:

I used it for filler in a patio container.
Although it is striking on bright sunny days, the whole plant it closes up on cloudy days and at night. very brittle to handle