Rose Moss is a small, but fast-growing annual plant growing to 30 cm tall, though usually less. However, if it is cultivated properly, it can easily reach this height. The leaves are thick and fleshy, up to 2.5 cm long, arranged alternately or in small clusters. The flowers are 2.5–3 cm diameter with five petals, variably red, orange, pink, white, and yellow. Their upright, or ascending, long shoots branch usually near the base. The spreading 20 to 25 millimeters long and 2 to 3 millimeters wide leaves are almost or completely stalk-shaped and taper towards the tip. It’s botanical name is Portulaca grandiflora which belongs to Portulacaceae family. It is also known by some more common names such as Ten o’clock, Sun rose, Vietnam rose, Rock rose, Mexican rose.In Hindi it is known as Nonia.
It is widely grown in temperate climates as an ornamental plant for annual bedding or as a container plant. It requires ample sunlight and well-drained soils. It requires almost no attention and spreads itself very easily.
Parts Used –
Leaves, root, seeds and stem of the Rose moss can be used for medicinal purposes.
Edible parts of Rose Moss –
• Leaves – raw or cooked.
• Seed – raw or cooked.
It can be ground into a powder and used in soups etc, or can be added to cereals. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize.
• Root – cooked.
• It helps reducing swelling and pain in the pharynx.
• The fresh juice of the leaves and stems is applied externally as a lotion to snake and insect bites, burns, scalds and eczema.
• It is having Vitamin E in it, that’s why Rose Moss is beneficial for hair loss like different hair problems.
• In Chinese herbal pathy, it is used to treat for various tumor growths.
• In traditional believes, it is placed near infants bedside to protect kids from evil spirits.
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