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Products > Portulaca grandiflora 'Cerise'
Portulaca grandiflora 'Cerise' - Cerise Moss Rose

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Portulacaceae (Purslanes)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: Prostrate
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Portulaca grandiflora 'Cerise' (Cerise Moss Rose) - An evergreen perennial, often used as an annual, low-growing succulent 3 to 9 inches tall by 1 to 2 feet wide with succulent narrow lanceolate 1 inch long green leaves along reddish stems and bright colored 3 inch wide cerise colored flowers that appear summer through fall. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and water occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to a light frost - treat it as a tender perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 through 11 and an annual elsewhere. A great plant for containers, hanging baskets, as a ground cover in a rock garden or sprawling over a wall or around other larger succulents. Our plants were from a discovery of a cultivated plant growing in a Bali garden that made its way back into cultivation in the US. To distinguish it from other selections we simply called it Portulaca grandiflora 'Cerise'. Many other forms of Portulaca grandiflora have double flowers with the related Portulaca umbraticola, commonly called Purslane, usually having single flowers. Both Portulaca umbraticola and the edible garden weed, Portulaca oleracea, also commonly called Purslane, have flattened paddle shaped leaves with a rounded tip. While Portulaca grandiflora has narrow lanceolate leaves. Portulaca grandiflora is often listed as an annual that can re-seed, but in our near frost free southern California gardens this plant is definitely an evergreen perennial as it is in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina where it is native. The name for the genus comes from the Latin name for edible purslane, Portulaca oleracea, and the specific epithet means large flowers.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Portulaca grandiflora 'Cerise'.