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Common Name: Rose Moss
The wide range of colours
Photograph by: douneika
Portulaca grandiflora is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
S. America - Brazil. Occasionally established in S. and S.C. Europe.
Roadsides and waste places in Europe[
Prefers a rather dry poor soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in a hot dry position, and dislikes wet soils[
Although a perennial when grown in warmer climates than Britain, it is best treated as a half-hardy annual in this country[
There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[
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.