Azalea-looking plant

empressjenf(6b PA)July 17, 2014

This plant is growing among the clover in my sun garden, right next to some lavender I planted a few months ago. The plant is sort of branching out a few inches off the ground. I swear it looks like my neighbor's azalea, but that is on the other side of the house. What is it?

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Portulaca oleracea

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 7:27PM
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Purslane is a succulent superfood high in Omega-3's, btw...

And flowering varieties even have larger, stunning, prolific neon blooms too!

You can often find it sold in fresh produce in Mexican supermarkets.. But for some reason, ignorant North Americans simply try to eradicate it like a useless weed. I guess if it grows very easily with no maintenance...then it "can't" be good???

Here is a link that might be useful: Purslane

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 8:51PM
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empressjenf(6b PA)

Thanks! I can't say I'm going to eat it, but I like the way it looks, so I don't intend to remove it. If it comes back next year it will have to move though -- it's a bit close to my lavender.

I totally agree with you on ignorance of plants. Ignorance extends to insects too, or at least it does in my neighborhood.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:14AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

its a horribly aggressive reseeding weed in my garden ... you wont need to move it.. it will be everywhere .... i am pretty sure its an annual weed ...

make your own choice.. if you wish to encourage it.. all the power to ya ..

but you might live to regret that decision ..


    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:34AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Empress - 'comes back next year'....It's an annual. It will self sow with abandon and new seedlings will appear next year when the weather gets warm enough. As for pulling it out, seeds (many hundred) will mature in the pods even if the plant is pulled and left with its roots turned upward. Seeds can remain viable in the soil for many decades. The plant itself is frost tender, and will be killed by the first fall freeze. .

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:16PM
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empressjenf(6b PA)

I should point out that it is growing near some irises that I didn't plant and don't really like, a butterfly bush (which, in my area, supposedly grow like weeds), a Rose of Sharon (again, like weeds), and the lavender I just planted (which is happily growing through this plant).

I rent, so the grass is not my problem and has spots here and there from the neighbor kids, neighborhood trash, and my dog's "pee spots." If this was my yard I'd maybe be more concerned. As long as it doesn't affect my bushes or make its way around to the front of our row where my "real" garden is, I don't care where it grows.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 10:29AM
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