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Pink purslane, Kiss-me-quick
Portulaca pilosa

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-4 inches in height. Spreading across the ground and forming small patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent from the lower Keys.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and open disturbed sites.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Pink.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule with tiny black seeds.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food for wildlife.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and cuttings.

Comments: Can be ephemeral or even weedy in the garden.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

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