Native to Pacific Islands, Portulaca molokiniensis, or Hawaiian Portulaca, is a small shrub, typically growing to between 2 to 5 feet tall. Its caudex, a thickened swelling of the main stem, acts as a water reservoir during periods of drought. This plant is perfect for gardeners who desire a low maintenance plant and loves full sun and moderate water. Though, the plant will tolerate hot climates and can even go into periods of drought without too much interruption.
The flowers on this plant are of yellow and orange variety, giving each plant an extra beautiful touch. When in bloom, they emit a light and pleasant scent throughout the area.
Portulaca molokiniensis is easy to grow and propagate, doing best in USDA Zones 9-11. When growing in cold areas, these plants should be cared for in pot by keeping the container to areas of full sun, low but regular watering, and allowing the soil to dry out between watering periods.
Portulaca molokiniensis is a beautiful and resilient plant, thriving in the harshest and the sunniest of climates. With its unique coloring, sweet scent, and its low maintenance needs, it is a perfect plant to add a colorful touch to any garden.