Portulaca pilosa L.
Kiss Me Quick, Pink Purslane, Chisme, Shaggy Portulaca, Hairy Pigweed, Hairy Portulaca, Rose Purslane, Rose-flowered Purslane, Seashore Purslane
Portulaca pilosa var. pilosa, Portulaca ehrenbergii, Portulaca gagatosperma, Portulaca karwinskii, Portulaca lanata, Portulaca mundula, Portulaca poliosperma
Portulaca pilosa is an annual or short-lived perennial with a sprawling habit. The fleshy leaves are linear or narrowly ovate and slightly flattened. They are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) wide. The axillary hairs are numerous, long, and dense. Flowers are up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter, pink, purple, or magenta, and borne in terminal clusters of 1 to 6. They appear from late spring to early fall. The capsules are oval and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter.
It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.
How to Grow and Care
Portulacas 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 Portulacas from becoming invasive to areas that are not wanted. These beautiful plants do spread easily and very well.
These succulents require no attention at all when growing and flowering. However, you should remove them from the garden before Portulacas have a chance to set seeds as they may take over the garden. You do not need to water often for proper Portulaca care. The cylindrical foliage of the 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 Portulacas should be sown on the soil surface following the last frost of spring. Ideally, these plants should be grown in a sunny part of the garden. If starting Portulaca indoors, then start about one and a half months in advance.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Portulaca.
This species is native to the Americas.
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