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Plant 9 o' clock flowers and enjoy their charming bloom during summer
Summers have started and flower lovers and serious gardening hobbyists love to plant Portulaca Grandiflora in pots or soil which blooms around nine 'o clock. The flowers are striking shades of colours and pleasant to the eyes. The shape looks charming and grabs the attention of the on-lookers.

In India, this fast growing flowering plant is called 'nau bajiya phool' or '9 o'clock flower'. A few variations in the flower's colour are available. Moreover, the flowers can be plain or variegated.

I have grown a few plants since they look ornamental as container or potting plants. Once the buds open petals when the sun starts falling, they keep on flowering till noon. Many times, the flower buds are chewed by small birds, if you are staying on the outskirts of the city. 

It is a small, but fast-growing annual plant growing to 20-30 cm tall with thick and fleshy leaves around 2-cm long arranged alternately or in small clusters with compressed inflorescences of eight to ten leaves depending on the plant variety.

The size of the flowers can be 2-3 cm diameter with five petals. The flowers could be found of red, orange, pink, white and yellow colour shades.

However, one can select various cultivars for double flowers with additional petals and variations in flower colour and variegation. Some hybrids of P grandiflora with P oleracea, umbraticola and villosa are also available.

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