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Flower of the day: Moss Rose/ Portulaca oleracea 

Portulaca Oleracea or Moss rose or Pig weed is an excellent garden filler and now a days it is in full bloom because of bright sun. My garden flower beds are looking  pink as I casually dropped this carpet plant, a month ago to fill the edges. Plant is meant for full sun and hot dry areas. It’s stems are soft and fleshy, often reddish colored. Narrow fleshy leaves are covered by single or multi layered flowers, remebles rose. 

They are wide open in sun but not on cloudy days. Newer varieties may open in overcast conditions. Tolerates heat and drought; best in poor soil. Self-seeds unless soil is worked. Use for edging, ground covers, hanging baskets, planters and rock gardens.

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  1. I used these as a gorgeous ground cover when I had a garden in New York. They are easy keepers and beautiful. I think they come in every color in the rainbow 🙂

  2. I love this plant- unfortunately it does not do too well with over watering or with fertilising- I have lost quite a few of the modern varieties thus.
    Susie

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