Drought Tolerant Moss Rose Grows in Hot, Dry, Sunny Locations

Moss Rose Seeds - Tangerine

Groundcover Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 4 - 11

Height: 5 inches

Width: 6 - 8 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Tangerine

Growth Rate: Aggressive

Environment: Full sun

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Portulaca grandiflora

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70 - 80F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Press gently into soil but do not cover

Soil Type: Well-drained, dry, pH 5.5 - 6.2

Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 Moss Rose seeds covers 20 square feet

Moisture: Keep soil slightly moist, but not wet until germination

Moss Rose (Portulaca Grandiflora Sundial Tangerine) - Excellent garden performer for hot, dry, full sun conditions. These tangerine flowers nearly glow on top the green, succulent foliage! Moss Rose works well as a ground cover plant, growing only 5 inches tall and spreading 6 - 8 inches in width. It fills in those areas of the garden that are troublesome as it is a very tolerant plant. This tangerine moss rose thrives in sunny hot locations where the soil is poor. When it is thriving, it produces lots of flowers with semi-double blooms in intense, tangerine color. There are very few plants that can spread like Moss Rose ground cover in such hot, dry locations.

Sow Moss Rose ground cover seed in starter trays or individual pots 6 - 8 weeks before end of frost season. Press the Moss Rose seeds into the soil but do not cover. The ground cover seed needs light to germinate. Transplant the orange Moss Rose seedlings into the garden 12 inches apart. Portulaca seeds can also be directly sown in prepared soil outdoors after all danger of frost. Portulaca Moss Rose ground cover plants tolerate heat and drought, but they do look best with occasional watering. Moss Rose plant care includes cutting back the plants during the summer to help them stay neat and to extend their blooms into fall.