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Care of the plant Portulaca umbraticola or Wingpod purslane.

Care of the plant Portulaca umbraticola or Wingpod purslane

The genus Portulaca, family Portulacaceae, includes more than 50 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to tropical and temperate regions of all continents. Some species are: Portulaca umbraticola, Portulaca grandiflora, Portulaca oleracea, Portulaca quadrifida, Portulaca lutea, Portulaca bicolor.

Common name: Wingpod purslane. This species is native to the American continent.

They are annual herbaceous plants with prostrate stems that reach 25 cm in height and 50 cm in diameter. The leaves are succulent, greyish green in color and oblong or spatulate with a reddish margin. The attractive and abundant flowers are up to 5 cm in diameter and can be pink, lilac, yellow or orange. They can bloom in spring, summer, and early fall. The flowers open during the day and close at sunset.

They are used in hanging pots, in rockeries, on borders and to cover slopes.

The Portulaca umbraticola prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade receiving several hours of sun in the morning or afternoon. They resist temperatures up to 5 ºC.

They prefer a sandy (well-drained) soil that contains organic matter but also grow in poorer soils.

Fertilize every 20 days in summer with a fertilizer rich in phosphorus.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring directly to their final location.

Images of the plant Portulaca umbraticola or Wingpod purslane

Portulaca oleracea
Portulaca oleracea
Portulaca oleracea
Portulaca oleracea
 

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