moss rose


: an old-fashioned garden rose (Rosa centifolia mucosa) that has a glandular mossy calyx and flower stalk
: a South American portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora) grown for its showy flowers

Examples of moss rose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make sure sedum has full sun. 4 Portulaca Portulaca, also called moss rose, is a low-growing annual that’s absolutely covered in blooms every day for weeks and weeks. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 21 Feb. 2023 This low-growing annual, also called moss rose, is extremely drought tolerant and boasts gorgeous shades of yellow, red, pink, salmon, white and orange. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 Jan. 2023 For example, some summer plants such as moss rose and caladiums play out long before the first frost. Neil Sperry,, 10 Dec. 2020 Over the next 30 years, the price of moss rose from 1.75 cents per pound in 1960 to over 10 cents per pound by 1990. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 23 July 2019 In the sun use zinnias, cosmos, vinca, moss rose and purslane. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Mar. 2018 In some cases such as begonias, moss rose, lantanas and angelonias that may not be possible. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 22 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of moss rose was in 1777

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“Moss rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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