Portulaca caryophylloides hort. ex Vilm.
Portulaca gilliesii Speg.
Portulaca hilaireana G. Don
Portulaca immersostellulata Poelln.
Portulaca megalantha Steud.
Portulaca mendocinensis Gillies ex Hook.
Portulaca mendocinensis Gillies ex Rohrb.
Portulaca multistaminata Poelln.
Portulaca pilosa cisplatina D. Legrand
Portulaca pilosa grandiflora (Hook.) R. Geesink
Portulaca pilosa grandiflora Kuntze
Portulaca pilosa osteniana D. Legrand
Common Name: Rose Moss
The wide range of colours
Photograph by: douneika
Rose moss is an annual plant growing about 20cm tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible seeds and leaves, which are consumed locally. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical to warm temperate zones[
S. America - Brazil. Occasionally established in S. and S.C. Europe.
Roadsides and waste places in Europe[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants are adaptable to most soils, though they prefer a rather dry poor soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in a hot dry position, and dislikes wet soils[
]. Plants are drought tolerant[
There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[
Individual flowers open in the morning and only last for one day[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder and used in soups etc, or can be added to cereals[
]. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize.
Root - cooked[
The entire plant is depurative[
]. It is used in the treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver with ascites, swelling and pain in the pharynx[
]. The fresh juice of the leaves and stems is applied externally as a lotion to snake and insect bites, burns, scalds and eczema[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse, pricking out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Plant out after the last expected frosts.
The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring, though the plants will not grow so large this way.
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