Portulaca grandiflora (Moss-rose Purslane or Moss-rose)

Portulaca grandiflora (Moss-rose Purslane or Moss-rose), is a flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae, native to Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay.

It is also seen in the South Asia. In Bangladesh, it is called "Time Fuul", meaning "Time Flower", because the flower has a specific time to bloom.

It is a small but fast-growing annual plant growing to 30 cm tall, though usually less. The leaves are thick and fleshy, up to 2.5 cm long, arranged alternately or in small clusters. The flowers are 2.5–3 cm diameter with five petals, variably red, orange, pink, white, and yellow.

It is widely grown in temperate climates as an ornamental plant for annual bedding or as a container plant. It requires ample sunlight and well-drained soils.

Numerous cultivars have been selected for double flowers with additional petals, and for variation in flower color

 

La Portulaca grandiflora è una pianta originaria dell'America meridionale.

Comprende circa 200 specie di piante erbacee, quasi tutte succulente, con fusti e foglie carnose, di colore verde più o meno scuro. Possono essere annuali o perenni e a portamento eretto o prostrato. Presentano foglie piatte o cilindriche, che, spesso, hanno alla base un ciuffo di peluria. I fiori, che presentano cinque petali, che possono assumere colorazione variabile dal giallo al rosa al porpora al rosso, sono seguiti da frutti a capsula, contenenti numerosi piccoli semi. Hanno proprietà curative (diuretiche, vermifughe, purgative, ascorbiche) e possono essere utilizzate per preparare buone insalate.

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