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Moss rose

Portulaca spp.

Moss rose

Moss rose is the gardener's choice for the hottest, driest, most problematic spots in the garden -- even a clay strawberry pot in full sun. This succulent plant thrives in heat, drought, and lousy soil, rewarding gardeners with nonstop color. Coming in sunny warm reds, oranges, magentas, and yellows, moss rose looks at home in a sun-drenched area. There's also a whole pastel color palette for moss rose -- creamy white, pink, and peach varieties. It often happily reseeds, coming back every year with gusto.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
3-8 inches tall
Plant Width:
1 foot wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Portulaca 'Sundial Fuchsia') offers bold magenta-pink on compact, heat-resistant plants.
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(Portulaca 'Sundial Peppermint') offers white blooms liberally striped with hot pink.
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(Portulaca 'Sundial White') bears showy double white blooms all summer long.
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(Portulaca 'Sundial Yellow') bears showy double golden-yellow blooms all summer.
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Plant It With

Nasturtium's distinctive lily-pad foliage contrasts with moss rose's fine succulent foliage, vividly bringing a variety of textures to the garden.


The warm colors of tall zinnias and low-growing moss rose combine well, and both plants thrive in hot, sunny sites.

Sweet potato vine

Moss rose's blooms will pop boldly next to the foliar compliment of ornamental sweet potato vine in either lime green or dark purple.