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Chisme

Portulaca pilosa

Kiss-Me-Quick, Shaggy Portulaca

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.

Origins: Sandy soils, North Carolina and Florida, west to Texas.

Maintenance

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

A no-fuss flowering groundcover that fills in around other plants.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 6 inches'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 6 inches'

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