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Beautiful moss rose - my summer favorite Portulaca

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday 60!

I wish you all (and myself) a cool weekend!
Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora), this tiny but amazingly beautiful flower is one of my summer favorites.

As a child, I was obsessed with this flower and I still am, I think. Each time my mother or grandmother rushed me to the nearby grocery, I came back with moss roses and planted them in our patio border.
I think I already shared this with you but a few days ago I passed by this brand new, double petaled moss rose border and I just had to take some more photos of them.
Moss-rose border
Moss-rose is grown as ornamental plant throughout temperate climates. The whole plant is not more than 10 cm tall, with thick, flashy, about 1 cm long tiny leaves and with flowers in all colors of the rainbow, except blue. It is a self seeding annual spreading itself very easily.
Coral red moss rose-macro photo
Moss rose grows in sandy soil in full sun exposure. This delicate flower closes its petals at sunset and on cloudy days and opens again in the Sun's company.
White moss-rose-close-up
Though moss-rose requires almost no human attention, with its pretty face it gets too much of it; a few plants are already missing from this newly planted border, as you can see in the first photo. I swear, I was not the one who took them.
What a pity that some big children can't leave them be!
Beautiful moss-roses-salmon moss rose

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17 comments:

Tina said...

Very beautiful flowers! LG Tina

Linda Makiej said...

gorgeous macro flowers!! Stunning color!

Lui said...

Hi Maia!
I am doing roses too. But yours are simply gorgeous!

Jama said...

We called them Japanese Rose here, so tiny and always flowering all year long. Easy to grow too. Love your photographs.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What absolute vibrant colors. The details are so fine tuned and just beautiful. That orange colored one is extraordinary.

Stan said...

Moss rose -- hmmm-- new for me, thanks. Lovely flowers.

Míriam Luiza said...

Amei estas flores coloridas e lindas!

Sara Chapman said...

They can really take the sun and heat, not so much of a problem in Seattle! I think they're neat, too.

Ann said...

In Asia, we call them Japanese Rose. I grew them in Singapore.

SquirrelQueen said...

The moss roses are so beautiful, I really like the orange colored one.

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love the moss roses. I want to have some in my garden.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

One of my favorite annuals. Lovely photos. :)

Tracy said...

Nancy, those are gorgeous flowers...I've never heard of them and gosh, in NC we have plenty of sun. I'll have to look them up in my nursery catalog and see if they gorw here. I love the salmon color!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Maia, thanks for your comment. I don't understand what you mean about the wibya bar and indexing. I just linked up like I usually do. I used your button code on your sidebar in my post. Please let me know if something is not acting correctly. Thanks.

Roan said...

I love rose moss. I don't see it as often these days as I once did. My grandmother grew it along one side of her house and it was beautiful in the summer. Very nice pics!

Misty Dawn said...

They are very beautiful! Love all the colors!

Anki said...

I have never seen this beautiful flowers.They look like roses an dare very nice. Thank you for showing them to us

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