Portulaca grandiflora (Onze horas/moss) x Rosa chinensis (Rose)
Portulaca grandiflora is a truly beautiful, low growing, ground cover type succulent flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae. It has many common names, including rose moss, eleven o'clock, Mexican rose, moss rose, sun rose, rock rose and moss-rose purslane. Native to Argentina, southern Brazil and Uruguay, it is also seen in South Asia and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical to warm temperate zones. The plant has succulent leaves that are fleshy and narrow and grows 20 centimetres tall and 30 centimetres wide, forming a mat. The flowers are red, orange, yellow, white and other pastel colours that come in single, semi-double and double forms. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible seeds and leaves, which are consumed locally as well as for its medicinal properties.
Rosa chinensis (Chinese), known commonly as the China rose or Chinese rose, alternatively known as the Bengal rose, Bengal crimson or Bengal beauty, is a member of the genus Rosa native to southwest China, in Guizhou, Hubei and Sichuan provinces. The first publication of Rosa chinensis was in 1768, by Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin in Observationum Botanicarum. Cultivated in East Asia for centuries, it is a deciduous shrub that reaches 1–2 metres, growing in hedges or twiggy thickets. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees.
100% Cotton based, 320g, Acid-free, No optical brighteners.
A3, 297mm x 420mm – Approximately 207mm x 342mm
About the Collection
The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection: Illustrated Botanical Prints
Agnes Joaquim was a Singapore-born Armenian who created what would become Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (scientific name: Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim), in 1893. The artificial hybrid was recognised by the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, botanist Henry Ridley.
Agnes, the first woman in the world to create a hybrid orchid, was a well-known and successful horticulturist, garnering 70 horticultural awards from 1881 to 1899. The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection of botanical prints commemorates her horticultural legacy and complements her story told in the book Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid.
In presenting Agnes’s award-winning plants in the illustrated collection, we looked at the newspaper records of the times, but they were of no use because they used common name descriptions of the plants, such as ‘rose’ and ‘durian’. So we turned to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and collaborated with a botanist to identify the likely species. To complete Agnes’s story, the collection includes two additional images: of Vanda Miss Joaquim’s parents, Papilionanthe teres (pod parent) and Papilionanthe hookeriana (pollen parent) — formerly in the genus Vanda — both of which may have been present in her award-winning floral bouquets or cut flowers. Waiwai Hove, a talented and respected botanical illustrator, was chosen to produce the prints.
*Disclaimer: Representative only based on subject. Not species definitive.
About the Illustrator
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Waiwai Hove developed a love for nature from a young age. Growing up surrounded by rich tropical flora and nurtured by her mother, a keen gardener, Waiwai has always held a special place for plants in her childhood memories. She holds a diploma in botanical illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists (UK), graduating in 2013 with a distinction and the highest marks in the history of the course.
She has since worked for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where highlights include illustrations for ‘30 Heritage Trees’ and more recently ‘15 Gingers’. Four of Waiwai’s ginger paintings were subsequently used for a series of stamps issued by Singapore Post in 2018. Since 2019, Waiwai has begun working on the cover illustrations of 14 volumes of The Flora of Singapore, to be published over the next few years. Her works are in numerous private collections and can also be found in publications by the National Parks Board and in the Shirley Sherwood Collection in Kew Gardens, UK.