Portulaca sun plant

Height 15-23cm (6-9in)

Planting distance 15cm (6in)

Flowers early summer to autumn

Well-drained garden soil

Sunny site

Half-hardy annual

A swathe of sun plants (Portulaca grandiflora) makes a gloriously bright display, especially when the flowers are allowed to tumble down a bank. The elegant cylindrical succulent leaves form dense mats 15-23cm (6-9in) high and are smothered in summer by single or double flowers in a range of colours.

Popular varieties

Several varieties are available. ‘Double Mixed’ has double flowers in rich shades. ‘Sundance’ is semi-trailing, with double, brightly coloured flowers.

Cultivation

Sow the seeds under glass in early spring at a temperature of 18°C (64°F). Prick out the seedlings into boxes of potting compost and harden off before planting out in late spring, in a sunny site and well-drained soil.

Pests and diseases

Aphids may make the plants sticky.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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