Portulaca umbraticola Kunth
Chinese Hat, Crownpod Purslane, Wingpod Purslane
Portulaca denudata, Portulaca lanceolata var. minor, Portulaca lanceolata var. versicolor, Portulaca plano-operculata, Portulaca umbraticola subsp. umbraticola
Portulaca umbraticola is an annual or short-lived perennial succulent with prostrate to suberect stems, fleshy leaves, and big showy flowers. Stems are fleshy, hairless, green, often reddish, and up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. The green leaves are obovate to spatulate, sometimes lanceolate. Flowers are yellow or yellow with red or copper tips, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across, and appear in summer. Fruits are obovoid or turbinate capsules with gray seeds. They are up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter.
This plant is often incorrectly sold under the name of Portulaca oleracea. The uncultivated species is usually considered a weed, but it is the hybrid parent to many ornamental Purslanes.
How to Grow and Care
Portulaca plants tolerate many kinds of soil but prefer sandy, well-drained soil and love 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 in areas they are not wanted. However, 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Portulaca.
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