Portulaca grandiflora Hook profile

Written by Maggie

Nov 17 2020

Portulaca grandiflora Hook profile

Portulaca grandiflora Hook is an annual herb with a height of 10-30 cm. Native to Brazil. It is often cultivated in Chinese parks and flower gardens. It is a beautiful flower that is easy to reproduce. It can be cut or sowed. The whole plant can be used for medicinal purposes. It has the functions of dispelling blood stasis and relieving pain, clearing heat, detoxifying and reducing swelling. It is used for sore throat, burns, bruises, boils and swelling.

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Portulaca grandiflora Hook

Morphological characteristics of Portulaca grandiflora Hook

Portulaca grandiflora Hook is an annual herb with a height of 10-30 cm. The stem lies prone or slanting, purplish red, much branched, and clusters of hairy nodes. The leaves are densely branched, the lower leaves are separated, irregularly alternate. The leaves are thin cylindrical, sometimes slightly curved, 1-2.5 cm long, 2-3 mm in diameter, rounded and blunt at the tip, glabrous; petiole is very short or nearly sessile. Leaf axils often have a bunch of white pilose.

Flowers are solitary or several clusters, branch ends, 2.5-4 cm in diameter, open day and night; involucre 8-9 pieces, leaf-like, whorled, white pilose; sepals 2, yellowish green, ovate triangle , 5-7 mm long, sharply pointed tip, several keel-shaped protrusions, glabrous on both sides; petals are 5 or double, obovate, slightly concave at the top, 12-30 mm long, red, purple or yellowish white; stamens are numerous , 5-8 mm long, purple filaments, connate at base; style and stamens nearly as long, stigma 5-9-lobed, linear. 

The capsule is nearly oval with cracked cap; the seeds are small, many, round kidney-shaped, less than 1 mm in diameter, lead gray, gray-brown or gray-black, pearly luster, and nodules on the surface. Flowering period is from June to September, fruiting period from August to November.

The leaves that have just grown are light green, and after a few days, the leaves become dark green when they grow up, black and dazzling green. From a distance, it looks like a thorn evenly inserted on the tender stem, but it is not pointed or thorny, but smooth and oily. The stems of sunflowers are tender and juicy, with tender red stems extending from the pot to the outside of the pot; of course, the stems of sunflowers are different in length and thickness. The flowers are very poignant: some flowers are fully bloomed, like a smiling face; some petals are stretched out on one side, but the other side is not willing to bloom, like a shy girl; some are still flowers. Soil the portulaca grandiflora hook every day and fertilize it to make the flowers bloom more beautifully.

Portulaca grandiflora Hook habitat habitat

Portulaca grandiflora Hook is native to South America, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and other places. Cultivated all over China: most of them are born on hillsides and fields. Distributed in Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Guangxi and other places.

Portulaca grandiflora Hook

Portulaca grandiflora Hook growth habit

Portulaca grandiflora Hook likes a warm, sunny environment, and poor growth in dark and humid places. It is extremely resistant to barrenness and can adapt to general soils. It is especially fond of sandy soils with good drainage. See the sunshine and the flowers bloom in the morning, evening, and cloudy days, so they are named as purslane and noon flowers.

Main purpose of Portulaca grandiflora Hook


Portulaca grandiflora Hook herb can be used for medicinal purposes. It has the effects of dispelling blood stasis and relieving pain, clearing heat, detoxifying and reducing swelling. It is used for sore throat, burns, bruises, boils, swelling and poisoning.


There are many varieties of Portulaca grandiflora Hook, usually in colors such as Scarlet, Crimson, Fuchsia, White, Snow Green, Light Yellow, and Dark Yellow. It is native to South America, Brazil and Argentina, and has been widely cultivated throughout China. The building's room nourishment takes advantage of its characteristics of resistance to premature, dryness and salt growth. Potted plants beautify the living room balcony and window sill. Mushroom stems and supports hang outside the basin. Opening towards the sun, like a splendid flower, it is at its peak at noon. The blossoms are opened vigorously, enjoying the warmth given by the sun to the fullest, adding infinite interest to the room and making it unique.

Portulaca grandiflora Hook