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Stalked purslane, Redstem purslane
Portulaca rubricaulis
Portulacaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small succulent herb with short, erect stems.
Dimensions:
About 3-6 inches tall. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north along the west coast to Charlotte County; disjunct in Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties; West Indies, Mexico and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys. In Miami-Dade County, collected once in the early 1900s in a pineland just south of the Miami River.
Habitats:
Open coastal areas.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained to periodically inundated brackish sandy or limestone soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy, open in morning.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule with tiny black seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and cuttings.


 


Roger L. Hammer