is this a dahlia sprout or a weed?

jazer80July 25, 2014

I planted dahlia tubes in march and these just popped up a 2 months ago. They are growing in a spreading method and not upright.

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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Looks like purslane

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:47PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

While the overall plant habit is quite similar to purslane, the leaves in the photo: 1) are too small relative to the stems; 2) seem folded like clover leaflets (purslane's leaves are flat); 3) are too wide in relation to their length to be purslane; and 4) do not appear to be succulent leaves (as purslane is).

In any case, it is not a dahlia.

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 0:01

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:59PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I can't see it well but had thoughts of Euphorbia maculata and Pilea microphylla. What state or country is this in?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:47AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The stems are too thick to be Euphorbia maculata -- and there's too much going on there (flowers, etc.) to be E. maculata (or the similar weedy Euphorbia which isn't spotted).

I don't know the Pilea, but apparently it's not prostrate?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:11PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Jazer80 - would you post a close up (or two?)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:49PM
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jazer80

This is the close up. I'm going to keep it and see what becomes of it. I planted wild flowers and dahlias in this pot. Everything died from the heat wave t. I live in Los Angeles California.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:05PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Can you get closer, so there are maybe only four or six leaves in the photo?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:16PM
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jazer80

Hope this is better

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:02AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The leaves are heart-shaped and folded.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 11:26AM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

An amaranthus, I think.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 2:04PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Amaranthus blitoides, I believe. Prostrate pigweed.

Jazer, it's always helpful when you post the location of the plant - city/state, growing conditions, etc. You see how I've got my city & USDA zone included near my name?

Here is a link that might be useful: Prostrate pigweed

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 2:09PM
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