Although often treated as a half-hardy annual, this plant gives better results if sown in early May in flowering position. Sow thinly in a really hot, dry spot (portulaca is sometimes known as the sun plant). The large single or double flowers are about 1 in. across, borne in clusters at the tips of the trailing stems, the plant attaining about 6 in. The colour range embraces pink, crimson, scarlet, yellow, orange and allied shades. Note that the flowers do not usually open in dull weather and in wet summers results will be disappointing.

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