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Portulaca grandiflora (Moss Rose)

Portulaca grandiflora (Moss Rose) is a colorful annual plant which creates a stunning carpet of attractive succulent foliage, covered with a profusion of brightly colored, single, semi-double or double, ruffled flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm). Blooming from late spring to frost, the flowers open their crepe paper petals on sunny days and close at night or when it is cloudy.

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Portulaca oleracea (Purslane)

Grown for more than 4,000 years as a food and medicinal plant, Portulaca oleracea (Purslane) is a fast-growing herbaceous annual forming a mat of soft trailing, smooth, reddish stems clothed with fleshy, oval to spoon-shaped, succulent leaves. The entire plant can be harvested. The leaves are tender and fleshy, with a slight crunchy texture. They are rich in vitamins A, C and E.

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