29 Different Types of Portulaca Varieties

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Do you want to add some low-growing plants with beautiful blooms to your garden? Choose some from the Different Types of Portulaca Varieties. 

With flowers in shades of pink, white, orange, yellow, red, or bi-colors and shapes of cups, roses, and stars, Purslane flowers can be delightful additions gardens. Check out the list of Different Types of Portulaca Varieties.

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Different Types of Portulaca Varieties

There are widely three main categories of Portulaca that you find around you:

Portulaca grandiflora

Family: Portulacaceae

Native: Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil

Portulaca Grandiflora succulents usually grow up to 6-8 inches tall and spread 12-16 inches wide. They produce flowers in rose, orange, yellow, red, white, and pastel shades in a single, semi, or double form.

1. Moss Rose

Types of Portulaca Varieties

Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora

Moss Rose is one of the favorites in the Portulaca family amongst gardeners. With gorgeous rose-like blooms, this plant can be found in many cultivars in shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. 

2. Margarita Rosita


Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora ‘Margarita Rosita’

Margarita Rosita is a delightful cultivar with a spreading and mounding habit that makes it excellent for ground cover. This plant can grow up to 10-12 inches tall and produce rose-like, pink flowers in abundance. 

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3. Sundance

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Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora ‘Sundance’

Sundance displays stunning fiery scarlet orange-colored flowers that are eye-catching. However, you can also find plants producing flowers in shades of red and pink. 

4. Rio Rose


Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora ‘Rio Rose’

Another member from the Rio series displays rose-pink, single, cup-like blooms. This low-growing variety only grows as tall as 5-6 inches and can spread as wide as 10-12 inches.

Portulaca umbraticola

Family: Portulacaceae

Native: USA

These plants display red stems, and the flowers are available in various colors, including orange, yellow, white, red, and pink, depending on the cultivar. The showy flowers bloom from early spring to late summer.

5. Wingpod Purslane

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Botanical Name: Portulaca umbraticola

These incredible species produce cup-shaped flowers. The blooms can be found in myriad shades ranging from white, red, yellow, orange, pink, or even bi-colored.

6. Mojave Pink

Botanical Name: Portulaca umbraticola ‘Mojave Pink’

Mojave Pink is a member of the Mojave series and has a trailing habit that makes it look perfect for window boxes, containers, and hanging baskets.

7. Mojave Tangerine

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Botanical Name: Portulaca umbraticola ‘Mojave Tangerine’

With the tangerine orange, cup-shaped flowers, it can look stunning in the garden all summer long. Plant it in groups for the best display.

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Portulaca oleracea


Family: Portulacaceae

Native: North Africa, India, and the Middle East

Common Purslane or Portulaca oleracea is a beautiful, small variety that is not just an ornamental yellow flowering plant but an edible one. It is also used for medicinal purposes and can treat burns and wounds. 

8. Rio Grande Scarlet

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Rio Grande Scarlet’

Rio Scarlet is a low-growing, spreading plant that can make for a good ground cover, hanging basket plant, or container plant.

9. Fairytale Cinderella


Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Fairytale Cinderella’

Fairytale Cinderella is also known as Cindy and is famous for its central pompom of petals that look unique in shades of oranges and pink. 

10. Tequila Sunrise

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Tequila Sunrise’

Tequila Sunrise produces cup-shaped, single, hot pink flowers with orange center and yellow bases. Grow it in groups and plant it with different varieties for best display.

11. Fairytale Sleeping Beauty


Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Fairytale Sleeping Beauty’

Fairytale Sleeping Beauty looks gorgeous in pathways with vivid flowers in shades of pink, yellow, and green leaves. It is one of the best Types of Portulaca Varieties you can grow.

12. Fairytale Snow WhiteTypes of Portulaca Varieties 9

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Fairytale Snow White’

Fairytale Snow White is another beautiful member of the Fairytale series, with pure white blooms that can be perfect for your pathways. 

13. Happy Hour Deep Red

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Happy Hour Series’

With bright red, fully-double rose-like flowers, it can be your top choice for a stone garden wall or garden pathway. It is one of the best Types of Portulaca Varieties you can grow.

14. Happy Trails Deep Red

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Happy Trails Deep Red’

This low-growing plant can grow up to 8-9 inches tall with a spreading habit and produce blooms longer than other Portulaca varieties. 

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15. Happy Trails Fuchsia

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Happy Trails Fuchsia’

Happy Trails Fuchsia is another lovely variety of Portulaca with a long blooming period from summer to fall. Semi-double, rose-like fuchsia-pink flowers make it a good choice.

16. Happy Trails Pink

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Happy Trails Pink’

Happy Trails Pink can grow up to 8-10 inches and spreads over thrice its height. It is perfect for hanging baskets with delicate raspberry-pink flowers. 

17. Happy Trails Yellow


Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Happy Trails Yellow’

Another low-growing plant with a trailing habit and sunshine yellow flowers is the Happy Trails Yellow. The compactness of this plant makes it a good choice for container gardens. 

18. Samba Pink

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Samba Pink’

Samba Pink is a delightful bi-colored Portulaca Grandiflora variety. This produces cup-shaped, single flowers in pure white-soft pink, unlike moss rose. 

19. Sundial Peach

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Sundial Peach’

Sundial Peach has a one-of-a-kind blossom tone! It is a lovely peach variety that, when matched with its chiffon-like petals, gives this Purslane cultivar a delicate look. 

20. Sundial Peppermint

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Sundial Series’

One more individual from the Sundial Series, Sundial Peppermint is a unique bi-colored variety from the Portulaca family. It grows up to 6-8 inches tall, with a vast spread.

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21. Sunseeker White

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Sunseeker Light’

Sunseeker Light can grow up to 6-8 inches tall. This compact variety produces raspberry pink, fully-double flowers with chiffon, paper-like texture. 

22. Sunseeker Orange 

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Sunseeker Orange’

This stunning Portulaca variety displays vibrant orange, fully-double flowers with contrasting yellow stamens. This compact variety usually grows up to 6-8 inches tall. 

23. Sunseeker Red

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Sunseeker Red’

Sunseeker Red produces fully-double red flowers with a chiffon paper-like quality that gives this plant a delicate look. It is one of the best Types of Portulaca Varieties you can grow.

24. Cherry

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Cherry’

Here is another pretty, compact, low-growing variety that can spread around a foot. With small, hot pink, cup-shaped flowers, this can look lovely along pathways.

25. Duet 

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Duet’

Duet can look perfect growing in window boxes and hanging baskets. It can look eye-catching in any space with curious bi-colored.

26. Lemon                                                                                               

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea ‘Lemon’

Lemon is a Portulaca variety that is drought and heat-tolerant. This plant can keep your garden beautiful from spring to fall with cup-shaped, lemon-yellow flowers. 

27. Pink Ice

Botanical Name: Portulaca Oleracea ‘Pink Ice’

Pink Ice is another stunning Portulaca variety that can look attractive in a cottage-style or informal garden. With small, single, pale pink flowers, it looks sensational!

28. Rio Apricot

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Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea Rio Series

Rio Apricot is part of the Rio series, and every single flower comprises five apricots with overlapping petals. This compact variety can grow up to 4-6 inches tall.

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Portulaca Calypso  

Family: Portulacaceae

Native: Desert Areas of South America

You can find this slow-growing plant producing flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red, and pink in mostly double form. However, some of the cultivars can be toxic. 

29. Calypso

Botanical Name: Portulaca ‘Calypso Mixed’

Calypso Mixed is a hybrid variety from the Portulaca genus that has extra vigorous growing habits, and the flowers remain open for a longer duration.

The flowers are usually formed in double and intense shades of orange, red, pink, and white.


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    i like of your all types of portulaca-related flowers, where is your selling room? is it in Sweden ? or India?
    please, give me the location I will go there and buy it.
    please, reply


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