Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
Portulaca hybrid( DUET™ SERIES)
The flowering purslanes in the Duet™ Series are low-growing, vigorous and bloom heavily in the heat of summer. “Duet” refers to the duets of colors in their single, bi-colored blossoms. They come in suites of festive colors including yellow, orange, red, white, pink and yellow and spread, so they are best suited for containers, border edges and even hanging baskets.
In the trade, ornamental purslanes are commonly listed under the botanical names Portulaca oleracea, Portulaca umbraticola or Portulaca grandiflora. Most cultivated forms have characteristics of two or more species and are better recognized as hybrids. These low, spreading bedding plants produce colorful, five-petaled flowers when temperatures are warm. The flowers last only one day but will keep appearing without deadheading as long as the plants are well cared for.
These heat-loving ornamentals need lots of sunlight, and prefer average to fertile soil that’s sharply drained. Established plants can withstand periods of drought but still grow best with regular water. Extended drought without supplemental water will cause them to sag, drop their leaves and deteriorate. Heavy wet soil and deep shade will also kill them quickly. Regular applications of fertilizer for bedding plants will encourage vigorous flowering through the growing season.
Ornamental purslanes offer quick, easy, summer color to sunny beds and borders. They are great for rock gardens and containers and mix well with other brightly colored bedding plants for sun.
12 - 1
8 - 12
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2"-5" / 5.1cm - 12.7cm
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Indeterminate
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink
Green, Gray Green
Gray Green, Dark Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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