CHISME, Moss Rose, Shaggy Portulaca
Portulaca pilosa - Portulacaceae, Purslane Family
DESCRIPTION: Prostrate, succulent ground cover, small, linear, branching from a taproot, forming a flat, circular mass
Height: From 2 to 4 inches
Flowers: Showy, tiny purplish-lilac colored. Spring to fall
Fruit: Small, inconspicuous capsule
Foliage: Evergreen, often crowded, 1/2 inch long and 1/8 inch wide, with wooly hairs at leaf base.
Growth rate: Moderate
Sun: Full sun, to partial shade
Drainage: Good to moderate
Maintenance: Little needed
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings
NATIVE HABITAT: Widespread in various soils.
WILDLIFE USE: White-tailed deer, javelinas, and feral pigs eat the leaves. Scaled quail eat seeds and leaves. Nectar for small butterflies.
COMMENTS: Will do well in extremely dry and rocky areas. Not overly aggressive. Tolerates heavy foot traffic.