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Portulaca molokiniensis – ‘Ihi


Scientific Name

Portulaca molokiniensis Hobdy

Common Names


Scientific Classification

Family: Portulacaceae
Subfamily: Portulacarioideae
Genus: Portulaca


Portulaca molokiniensis is an upright growing succulent plant that branches from the base to form a small shrub, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, with upright 0.8 inch (2 cm) inch thick, round, corky stems, bearing up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, rounded, pale green succulent leaves that are arranged neatly in 4 distinct rows towards the branch tips. A cluster of small lemon yellow cup-shaped flowers subtended by leafy bracts form at the ends of stout non-leaf bearing stems that rise above a terminal rosette of leaves.

Portulaca molokiniensis - 'Ihi

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How to Grow and Care

Portulaca plants tolerate many kinds of soil but prefer sandy, well-drained soil and love the full sunlight. These plants are excellent for high heat and drought tolerance, and will seed and spread themselves very well. Some control methods may be needed to keep portulaca plants from becoming invasive to areas where they are not wanted. These wonderful plants do spread easily and very well.

Portulaca species such as Purslane require no attention at all when growing and flowering; however you should remove them from the garden before Portulaca have chance to set seed as they may take over the garden. You do not need to water often for proper Portulaca care. The cylindrical foliage of the Portulaca plants retains moisture very well, thus, regular watering is not needed. When they are watered, just a light watering will do, as their root zone is very shallow.

The seeds of Purslane and other Portulaca members should be sown on the soil surface following the last frost of spring. Ideally Purslane should be grown in a sunny part of the garden and Portulaca genus members thrive in hot areas. The soil that Purslane grows in should be sandy and poor with a pH of 5.5 to 7… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Portulaca.


Native to Pacific Islands.


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