This idea was brought down when I saw seeds for peppermint portulaca sold online. Most pleasingly, they come in many beautiful colors and are well-known for their showy blooms. The medium green, cylindrical, succulent leaves of moss rose are another clue to the plant's hardiness, namely its tolerance of drought conditions. Primarily low growing and sprawling, the succulent stems and leaves creep along the ground and bloom in bright coloured satiny crinkled flowers all summer, with blooms opening only in full sun. Portulaca does not like too much fertilizer. At heights of no more than 6 inches, portulaca, also known as moss rose or sun plant, is a low-growing stunner with cactus-like blooms that last all summer. Mine that received morning sun and afternoon shade stayed open until late afternoon, but the ones in full sun closed around 2:00. These plants grow 3 to 9 inches tall and spread to create a dense mat, making moss rose a good option as a ground cover. Moss roses, also known as Portulaca, have succulent leaves. My portulaca are turning pale, colorless, white headed with cotton - mostly just where the flower should be blooming from, so I've obviously lost blooms because of this mystery problem. They also are very easy to take care of after you get started. The flowers also are showier, often looking either like a cactus bloom or a tiny carnation or rose. Portulaca planted in the open ground around the first half of June, when the threat of return frosts. Wild purslane usually grows low and flat, hugging the ground. This is an annual plant, with small, succulent, paddle-shaped leaves about an inch long. The one in the photo also has Moss Rose, another flower from the portulaca family. Also, too much fertilizer can cause portulaca plants to have bright beautiful leaves and no flowers. You can tell an ornamental portulaca from a purslane by its leaves. The flowers come in all shades of pink, red, yellow and orange. Purslane blooms open around 9:00 in the morning and close for good at various times in the day, depending on the heat. Q. Portulaca flowers close up in middle of day Why do Portulaca flowers close up during the middle of the day and not reopen till the next day? 4.) Whole plant Scamperdale CC BY-NC 2.0 Maroon stems Harry Rose CC BY 2.0 Flower in center of leaves Scott Zona CC BY-NC 2.0 Portulaca oleracea close up of stem Andreas Rockstein CC-BY-SA 2.0 Close up of flower Bob Peterson CC BY 2.0 Seeds Andrey Zharkikh CC BY 2.0 Planting of Portulaca in the open ground What time to plant. Yes portulaca can tolerate drought and full sun conditions. Not frost hardy, Portulaca will die back as soon as colder weather arrives. How to Care for Portulaca. I also grew (from seed) the yellow/white variety of portulaca that vines and has broad leaves more is similar to wild purslane. Make sure portulaca is planted in full sun; if it is planted in shade it may not bloom. 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