June 23, 2017

Keeping Time

Portulaca grandiflora 'Stopwatch Scarlet'

Janine Pineo Photo | Portulaca grandiflora 'Stopwatch Scarlet'

Introduced a few years ago is the Stopwatch series of portulaca, which stays smaller and blooms longer than its near relatives. Portulaca grandiflora ‘Stopwatch Scarlet’ is pictured as  a seedling and will  keep a compact habit, mounding up to 5 inches tall. Also known as moss rose, the grandiflora is a South American native, loves the sun and has those thick, fleshy leaves that are more like little spikes along the succulent stems. It’s not a surprise that another member of the Portulaca clan is purslane, Portulaca oleracea, also known for its fleshy leaves that are entirely edible. They make a nice addition to salads and stirfries.