It is a small, but fast-growing annual 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.
Cultivation and uses: grown in temperate climates as an ornamental plant for annual bedding or as a container plant.
Light: part sun to sun
Propagation: spreads by itself very easily. Looks good growing between the stones of the road or sidewalk.
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director