The flowers of portulaca are like delicate little roses rambling across the ground.


Portulaca grandiflora
  • Type: Annual
  • Light: Full sun
  • Plant spacing: 8 inches apart
  • Plant size: 4 to 6 inches tall

Portulaca is great for containers, rock gardens, between sunny stepping-stones, as an edging, or in any well-drained or dry garden spot. The sunnier the better. Heat, drought, and poor soil bring out the best of this plant. In fact, it flowers better in poor soil than rich.

Portulaca is covered with many large, semi-double flowers throughout the warm months to form a cheerful summer ground cover or trailing plant. The blooms need sunlight to open, so they close in the evening and on cloudy days. Portulaca grows vigorously, even in sandy soil. It is also salt tolerant, making a great choice for the beach. Plant in spring after all danger of frost is past. Also known as moss rose.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

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Portulaca is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favorite ground cover maintenance free So far Bonnie has been my favorite place to get my portulaca from as they have the most blooms and are huge! If your not good with upkeep and have a hard time getting flowers to stay alive this is the plant for You! They do best when not watered and in less than great soil....no fertilizer no problem you'll still have plenty of blooms!!! Mine lasted over a year and if Florida didn't have such a cold winter this year I believe they'd still be alive! Now they are tricky planting from seed, because they're frail you need to water them with a spray bottle, so they don't get knocked down....once they get about an inch and a half your golden!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love them Get these every year when I can't get the previous years to stay alive lol. About the only thing I can keep alive are portulaca/purslane. so pretty and work great in west texas summers
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maintenance Free Annual: I plant these in my garden every year in Chicago, IL. They self-seed and come back every year, which is great. They add color and blooms throughout the entire Summer and into early Fall. They are hardy, require minimal water and care, and look great just about any where in a garden. They thrive in hot, dry weather and will not wilt since they are considered a succulent plant with fleshy foliage.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from no drama for mama: Living in Florida a lot of plants require a lot of water, I look for plants that are low maintenance and have lots of color, not too many of them. This little beauty grows real easy, looks beautiful in a window box and the bright color draws butterfly's to my windows.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THESE!! I plant them in this old wheelbarrow and I just love how they pour over the sides. The West Texas heat and dryness does not stop them, they thrive in it. Finally a pretty colorful plant that is heat and drought tolerant.
Date published: 2015-05-08
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