Help ID this plant

bayla(6NYC)July 25, 2014

Hi,

Please help ID this plant, it shows up in my backyard in the summer, thanks.

Bayla

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flying_c(6a)

Purslane, portulaca oleracea.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 2:09PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

A succulent, and edible.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 2:27PM
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bayla(6NYC)

Edible! Thanks, for the ID, I won't be eating it, but I do like it and I am going to transplant it to a pot.

Bayla

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 3:52PM
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Guinnevtra(7)

Remember that it reseeds itself like crazy!! And you can take cuttings, stick them in dirt, and they will grow, too! Another name for it is moss rose, but the ones that people usually try to grow have 1-2 inch colorful blooms.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 7:29PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Bayla, Portulaca oleracea is an annual.

Guinnevtra, the plants sold in stores with leaves that look like this but have larger flowers that often aren't yellow are Portulaca umbraticola (the *other* moss roses.) Until those came into commerce in recent decades, there was one moss rose, Portulaca grandiflora. That's the one with leaves that look like fat, softer pine needles, and double flowers. Both of these are annuals also.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:52AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

a horrible weed .. counted in the millions on my 5 acres ..

the thought of you potting and encouraging it.. amuses me ..

it responds well to round up ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:57AM
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priswell(9 CA)

Where you see circled is 4 seed pods. Each small seed pod will have a few hundred tiny, tiny seeds.

In addition, even if you have a purslane plant that has not gone to seed, all you need to do is pull it up and flip it over onto a newspaper. It will automatically go into seed mode and in a few days it will offer you as many seed pods as it can put on itself.

So, if you do not like this plant, do not pull it up and leave it in the garden to mulch/compost in place, because it will multiply very nicely.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:16PM
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shadeyplace(7)

agree with Ken

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:30AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Only in USA is food called weeds.

Priswell, fascinating, TY.

Why anyone would need RU to battle an annual is a mystery. If it 'responds well' why does the battle continue? If it doesn't work, why keep doing it? Sounds like RU is giving the same result as doing nothing at all.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:13AM
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priswell(9 CA)

The reason why people don't like this plant is that it's an annual, but those little seed pods have hundreds of seeds in each one. On a really healthy plant, you have to really get your math going. In addition, they will grow in a sidewalk crack, or as I once found, right in the asphalt road. So, despite being an annual, and not having particularly deep roots, they are well prepared to make long term camp.

But they are edible as a green, with very high Omega-3s. In some parts of Italy, they are considered a delicacy, and people grow it specially in pots right next to their tomatos.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:39PM
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