Flower Friday: Baby Mantis & Moss Rose Purslane #FlowerFriday #Annuals #Flowers #MossRose #Mantis

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Last time I shared: Screaming Neon Red Rose
I’ll be creating a Flower Friday page where all previous Flower Friday shares will be available by links. 

Today’s share:

Baby Mantis & Moss Rose Purslane

We have a little baby mantis living in a flower box on our deck. It’s an amazing experience seeing this guy come out to hunt every morning. We’ve had handfuls of these pop up in our landscaping in the past, but it’s been at least a few years. As of now this one is about the size of a quarter. We hope it stays!


Here’s a short video of it hunting for flies. I’m always amazed with how they turn their little heads. You’ll have to forgive me on the audio; my children are quite loud.

This year we decided to put moss rose purslane in two of the deck boxes. They’ve flourished with tons of blooms.


We’ve grown these in the ground before but not in a container. One nice thing is that even though these are annuals, they reseed, and some will come back the following year.


“Portulaca grandiflora is a succulent flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae, native to Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay and often cultivated in gardens. It has many common names, including rose moss, eleven o’clock, Mexican rose, moss rose, sun rose, rock rose, and moss-rose purslane.” Wikipedia


Scientific name: Portulaca grandiflora
Family: Portulacaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Caryophyllales

Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! What do you have blooming this week? Have a wonderful weekend!

🧡 Mischenko

27 thoughts on “Flower Friday: Baby Mantis & Moss Rose Purslane #FlowerFriday #Annuals #Flowers #MossRose #Mantis

  1. He’s an adorable little guy. Maybe he’ll stay for a while. I haven’t grown moss rose for years – and I don’t think I ever tried it in a pot, but yours look so healthy. Think I’ll give it a try next year.

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  2. That was a great video, I’m surprised he let you get so close. I grew portulacas many years ago, but not lately. I should give them a try again next year. Yours are beautiful Jen.

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    1. It was leery at first, but there’s just too much going on for it to pay attention to me. Thanks, Carla. We took a break from these for a few years. They’ve been the strongest this year. It just seems like all the flowers are doing exceptionally well this season.

      I hope you grow some next season! Thank you ❤️

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  3. I love the baby mantis. We always have one or two (adult mantis) that cling to the screen of our French door each year. They seem to come in conjunction with “leaf bugs.” I always look forward to them.

    Your flowers are gorgeous!

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    1. I did too, Noriko! That would’ve been the coolest thing. We haven’t witnessed him catch anything yet, but there are a lot of bugs on the flowers. I think it’s in a good a spot. Thanks for checking out FF! 💜

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  4. Hey…I think I might have a moss rose growing in a pot in my house!! I bought it when it was tiny at our local BJ’s, but didn’t know what it was. It was so little and cute so I bought it. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I had no idea it might produce flowers!! I hope that’s what I have.
    Thanks so much for sharing the lovely pictures and video, Mischenko. ☺️

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    1. It could be! They’re in the succulent family, and I’ve seen them sold in pots. I hope that’s what you have too, Laurie. Rosemary resembles this plant too, but the moss rose have those thick succulent-like leaves. You’ll have to let me know. Thank you! ❤️

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