Portulaca suffrutescens – Shrubby Purslane

Portulaca suffrutescens - Shrubby Purslane, Copper Purslane

Portulaca suffrutescens - Shrubby Purslane, Copper Purslane

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Portulaca suffrutescens

Common Names: Shrubby Purslane, Copper Purslane

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert (upper elevation), Upland

Flower Color: Pale orange to coppery orange

Flowering Season: Summer

Height: To 1 foot (30 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) across and have 5 fan-shaped, notch-tipped petals with dark red-orange at their base. The flowers open in the morning and close by midday. The flowers are followed by lidded seed capsules. The leaves are green, fleshy, succulent, and terete (cylindrical in shape but slightly tapering at both ends and circular in cross section). The stems are succulent, hairy only at the leaf nodes and inflorescences, and erect or ascending (never trailing). The roots are thickened and tuberous.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae – Purslane family
Genus: Portulaca L. – purslane
Species: Portulaca suffrutescens Engelm. – shrubby purslane

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map