Chisme

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Chisme

Portulaca pilosa
Kiss-Me-Quick, Shaggy Portulaca
3

6 inches
3

6 inches
Sandy soils, North Carolina and Florida, west to Texas.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Sun or partial sun. Chisme is a prostrate, fleshy annual with pink or purple flowers; the tufts of hair in its leaf axils are distinctive. Like moss rose, it’s a portulaca (purslane) and grows as an annual in warm climates. The name chisme (“gossip”) gives a hint to its behavior in the garden, reseeding easily wherever it finds space. Its small size and pleasant character keep it from becoming a pain, but some weeding is to be expected and it is easily controlled. Chisme works well in a rock garden or in and around pots as a groundcover. Give it good drainage and full sun.

Maintenance

Weed as needed; expect it to spread a bit. Remove dead plants to allow new plants to grow from seed.

Features

Plant Type:
Annuals
Size:
3-6" H, 3-6" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy
Wildlife:
Pollinators
Flower Color:
Pink, Purple, Red
Bloom Time:
June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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