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by Ann-Marie Levine
(Port Washington, NY)


I purchased these last week at a nursery but neglected to ask what they were. The stalks and leaves remind me of the spiky sedums (angelina etc.) but with fewer leaves.

The flowers are papery and there is quite a bit of budding.

I have them in a rail box in the full sun (we are in Zone 7). Not sure what their habit is, but they look like they will spread.

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Ann-Marie – you’ll love these.

They’re Portulaca, and these are annuals grown from seed every year, so enjoy them in a warm sunny area, without too much water.

As you’ve noted, they have similar succulent leaves to Sedum, and like the same conditions.

See these posts for more:

Two Succulents Flowering

Basket of Unknown Beauty

The Strange Tale of the Nasturtium Seed

Comments for Sedum, perhaps?

Oct 17, 2021

Thanks, Steve
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

As I live in a colder climate than Hawaii, I call this type of short lived perennial or a perennial that isn’t hardy for my climate, an annual.

Oct 17, 2021

Its a double flowering Portulaca grandiflora
by: Cereusly steve

Not all Portulaca are annuals. Some are perennial and a few Pacific Island (including Hawaii) and African species are actually small shrubs.