portulaca

noun
por·​tu·​laca | \ ˌpȯr-chə-ˈla-kə How to pronounce portulaca (audio) \

Definition of portulaca

: any of a genus (Portulaca) of chiefly tropical succulent herbs of the purslane family especially : a widely cultivated South American plant (P. grandiflora) with showy flowers and small conical leaves

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Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Spruce bark beetles are back with a vengeance. Here’s how to defend your trees.," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of portulaca

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portulaca

New Latin, from Latin, purslane, from portula, diminutive of porta gate; from the lid of its capsule — more at port

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