What is this plant (easy)

ykselSeptember 12, 2013

I would like to know the name of this plant. It has yellow small flowers in the morning that close in the afternoon....

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

whats the scale on this ...

at first i thought shrub.. then realized its pretty small

reminds me of a purslane

if not fancy flowered.. i would also call it a weed...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 1:21PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It looks like Portulaca oleracea to me, too, Ken. Probably a common weed, but there are many ornamental specimens, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornamental AND common purslane

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 1:36PM
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SlenderHope

As an aside, a weed is any plant that's growing where you don't want it to be. If you want it or don't mind it, it ain't a weed.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 6:12PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

And if you're interested, purslane is edible.

(Eating succulents just seems wrong.)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 7:59PM
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surya55_gw

Looks like purslane to me too (weed). If not in a controlled environment, it will take over- just be mindful.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 9:14PM
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yksel

Thanks, yes I checked and is the Purslane.
And is edible. what do you mean missingtheobvious that "seems wrong"?

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 4:29AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you dont eat them.. you suck on them ... lol ...

i think obvious collect them.. and is aghast at eating the kin of her babes... lol ...

or... as most are cactus.. it might hurt.. lol ...

in my 5 acres ANY bare earth in june.. will be covered by this stuff... by august.... i do not suggest you encourage one you found in the garden .... odds are.. it will be lacking good garden manners ..

and that of course.. has nothing to do with cultivars selected and bred with a specific use in mind [such as pretty flowers] ... as many such.. will lack the seed producing vigor of the weed... or even be sterile ....

ken

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 7:20AM
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Ashfy

If you know about this plant,pls inform me...

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 11:44AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Portulaca Oleracea

Here is a link that might be useful: Be informed

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 12:32PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Ken, yes, I've grown succulents (and the occasionally thorny plant) since I was a kid ... grew up in zone 9-10 California. Babysat a jade plant in the car when we moved from New England to the Midwest; took it to college and grad school; took it to my first full-time job. So not wanting to eat my children is certainly part of it!

I can't explain the rest of why eating succulents seems so wrong. Maybe that jade plants' leaves aren't at all like lettuce. Maybe the clear "skin" on succulents (yes, I know other plants have that too).

But come to think of it, I've eaten nopal (prickly pear "leaves") a couple of times, cooked, in Mexican food. Didn't like it the first time. A year or two ago, warily looking for peppers in a chicken dish, I recognized some nopal. It was in smaller pieces, and had taken on the taste of the sauce around it; I felt neutral about that.

But then again, I've never felt close to a prickly pear. If you cut up and cooked some jade leaves for me, I would in fact recoil in horror.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:55PM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Def. edible & very healthy for you & relished by some cultures, but I've tried it & cannot recommend; kind of tasteless & mushy when cooked, tasteless & kind of goopy when raw. I guess you might call it 'subsistence food'...

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 10:39AM
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