Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Moss rose

Portulaca grandiflora Hook.

It is an annual herbaceous plant originally from South America, with a very fasciculated main root that does not exceed 20 cm. in height. It is a creeping vine or hanging plant with greenish or purple-green stems that remain low, cylindrical, smooth and fleshy. Its small leaves grow alternately, with a fleshy texture, light green in color and an evident central nerve. Its flowers are terminal, sessile, several of which open gradually. They can be single or double, about 2.5 cm. in diameter and its corolla is completed with 5 petals that depending on the variety, can be pink, red, purple, yellow or white. Propagation occurs by seed and cuttings. It requires sun exposure, and prefers dry environments, moderate irrigation and well-drained, fertile soils.

Applications:

Its tendency to creep or hang make it apt for areas with steep slopes, elevated planters and rock gardens.

Portulaca grandiflora Hook.