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Portulaca grandiflora - Hook.                
                 
Common Name Rose Moss
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides and waste places in Europe[50].
Range S. America - Brazil. Occasionally established in S. and S.C. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Portulaca grandiflora is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Portulaca grandiflora Rose Moss


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Portulaca grandiflora Rose Moss
   
Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105, 161, 177]. Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder and used in soups etc, or can be added to cereals[105, 161, 177]. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize. Root - cooked[177].
Medicinal Uses


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Depurative.

The entire plant is depurative[176]. It is used in the treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver with ascites, swelling and pain in the pharynx[176]. The fresh juice of the leaves and stems is applied externally as a lotion to snake and insect bites, burns, scalds and eczema[176, 238].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Prefers a rather dry poor soil in full sun[1, 200]. Succeeds in a hot dry position, and dislikes wet soils[K]. Although a perennial when grown in warmer climates than Britain, it is best treated as a half-hardy annual in this country[1]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[188].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
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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Author                                         
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Botanical References                                         
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