Red PurslaneRio Grande Scarlet Purslane (Rose Moss) has large, single blooms that are bright orangy-red.  Rio Grande Purslane has larger more tropical looking blooms than some of the other varieties. The blooms can grow to 2 inches across and tend to cover the green foliage with a mass of color.

Purslane is a low-growing annual that produces vibrant blooms in a variety of colors. A succulent by nature, it bears fleshy purple-green stems and shiny dark green leaves. Purslane showcases vividly striking blooms of apricot, orange, rose, scarlet, yellow, and white and makes an excellent rock garden or container plant that can withstand hot and dry conditions. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the bright blooms. The flowers will close at night and on cloudy days, so don’t panic, they will open again when the sun comes out. Purslane does not require too much water because it is a succulent and therefore doesn’t like to stand in wet soil.

Size: #4.5

Spacing: Plant 12″ to 15″ apart.

Height: Grows 3″ to 4″ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Purslane attracts hummingbirds and butterlfies. It is also edible. Add it to your salads or use as a garnish.

Tips: Purslane is heat-loving and drought tolerant.

Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Borders, Landscapes, Rock Gardens, Xeriscapes

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7 Responses to “Rio Grande Scarlet Purslane (Rose Moss)”

  • MARY:

    I HAVE A SCARLET PURSLANE $ I LIVE IN PA. WILL IT LIVE OUT SIDE OK?

    • Jason:

      Mary,

      Thanks for leaving us a comment. Purslane loves sun and heat so outside is perfect for it as long as the weather is warm.

  • Kristin:

    I have three purslane’s and absolutley love them. I live in VA, and was wondering if I planted them in the ground, would they come back next year?

    • Jason:

      Purslanes are annual plants that will not survive winters except possibly in south Texas, Florida and California. Some varieties may reseed themselves and come back that way.

      Hope this helps and thanks for contacting us.

  • Muriel Ferra:

    Which part is edible or that you can put it in your salad? The flower, stems or leaves.

  • I live in a VERY hot region (El Paso, Tx); will the scarlet purslane be able to take our HOT weather. I ask this because even though a lot of plants SAY they are drouhgt and heat tolerant, they dont’t ALWAYS fair well in our 100 plus weather! The soil is however what you call well drained.

    • jason:

      Thanks for visiting our website. Purslane is a succulent plant that can store moisture in it’s leaves. In my opinion, purslane is the most drought tolerant flowering bedding plant that a gardener can use. If I live in El Paso, I would be using a lot of it. They are not invincible and do need water, but purslane requires water a lot less often than other plants and is more forgiving when they are not watered.

      I heartily endorse purslane for gardens in El Paso. We have it planted in our flower beds here and it is doing great. We water every day so it is doing especially well but they have missed a few days here and there too. When all the other plants are wilting, the purslane looks great.

      Hope this helps and thanks again for stopping by.

      Best,

      Jason

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