This is my first summer discovering this flower. It has endured the hot, humid New England weather. The petals close at night, leaving me to wonder which are going to come out again tomorrow and which will need to be pinched from the bunch to make room for new ones.
I love flowers in the Portulaca family because they never seem to die from bugs and they persevere through many kinds of weather. This started as a small plant, grew slowly through the summer, and then doubled and tripled in size. The flowers open during in the day, but stay closed morning and night. I usually find ants crawling over petals and leaves, but luckily coexisting with the plant rather than destroying it.