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One of my most popular posts so far here on my blog is Portulaca: This plant thrives on neglect!
I wrote it last Summer, and showed you both types of Portulaca – single flowers and double flowers. You can get complete planting and care information for Portulaca by simply clicking on the link above.
Last year we planted the single-flower version (seen in the image above), and had a few of the double-flower kind pop up from seeds dropped the previous year.
It was nice to have bright patches of solid color, however, I missed the crazy colors you can get all on the same plant with some of the double-flower varieties.
So this year, I planted double-flower Portulaca on this same garden strip:
Now we have a few single-flower varieties of Portulaca popping up from last year’s dropped seeds!
Here’s a close-up image of one of the single-flower plants that sprouted up. Although Portulaca is an annual in most parts of this country, I look forward each year to the extra bonus when these surprise seedlings show up in my garden beds the following year!
You might still be able to find Portulaca at your local garden centers, depending on what part of the country you’re in. So if you want something that is 99.9% carefree? Plant some Portulaca now! It’s also called Rose Moss or Moss Rose.
|In the back, left to right: Yucca leaves, wild Pansies, Lithodora|
In the front: double-bloom Portulaca varieties and Lantana Landmark Sunrise Rose
Remember my post on Lithodora? Look how bushy it has become, above!
Here’s some close-ups of the gorgeous double bloom varieties of Portulaca . . .
Here’s a side-by-side comparison from last year and this year:
Which is your favorite?
Do you like the bold colors of the single-flower Portulaca? Or do you like the multi-color blooms on the double-flower varieties?
And don’t forget – you can learn all about Portulaca in my blog post here: Portulaca: This plant thrives on neglect!