Purslane and Portulaca forum: Purslane or Portulaca which is which

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Jul 24, 2012 6:04 PM CST
Hello everyone,

I have a pot of what the tag said was Portulaca.I was given some cuttings from a pot of flowers that the label said was Portulaca,but they are definitely not the same plant.Could someone help me out with a link,web site,some info.on the different varieties of Portulaca.

Are one of the plants miss labeled?

The one plant that's cutting's i put them in a bucket of damp soil and they have continued to bloom it's amazing and beautiful.I am assuming since they are reacting this way they will root easily & quickly.I am wanting to plant them in a bed where they can spread and/or mound.
I am posting this here because even though i have never grown these beautiful plants i do believe them to be a variety of portulaca/purslane.

I would appreciate a positive ID on these 2 plants and some info on growing them.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 24, 2012 6:15 PM CST

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I think the first 4 are purslane and the last 2 are portulaca.

I'm going by the leaves. I looked in the database but what I'm seeing are more blooms than leaves.

This is portulaca:

http://riversidenurseryva.com/gallery3/index.php/Products/Pl...

This is purslane:

http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/images/Purslane/pages/Purs...

Do you see the difference in the leaves?

Does this help?
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2012 10:46 AM CST

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Vicki is correct. Purslane has chubby leaves and portulaca has narrow. Also, most of the time, purlsane has single petal blooms (except for the rare doubles I have only seen photos of).
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Jul 30, 2012 12:41 PM CST
I found some plants that i absolutely fell in love with.I then noticed this forum which the tag on the plants i bought said Portulaca.I bought 3 plants that look different but were all labeled Portulaca.I will post pictures of the 3 plants.

I have some questions besides the true ID of the plants and the difference in them.Are they in the same family maybe to all be labeled the same.2 of the plants are hanging baskets and you can tell they are at least in the same family,if not the same plant and 1 has just had more sun than the other.I know a lot of plants will turn or get a reddish or Orange hue when in full sun,while the same plant will stay green when not in full sun.I want to put these plants in a bed.I try to buy plants that reseed themselves good.I have MS and collecting seeds isn't easy for me,i'm not lazy but if i do deal with seeds i try to only deal with ones that take minimal work and i can just spread them on the ground and then only have to cover with a little peat or soil,MS really limits what i can do and i will be the first to admit i over do it as it is.I'm stuck inside today because I worked outside all day sat.and some sun.then i done house work the rest of sun. Shrug!

What will these plants do once planted in a bed,mound,run etc...?Do they do well in the ground or better put in big pots for outside and if kept in a pot how do they do inside in winter?Any tips will be greatly appreciated!!!
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 30, 2012 12:49 PM CST

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I think the last photo is the only one that is portulaca. The first four are purslane and I'm saying that from looking at the leaves.

And I could be wrong Whistling

As for me, I've always had portulaca in the ground and purslane in baskets.

Portulaca reseeds fine but I've never had purslane reseed for me. I "think" Becky has had purslane reseed for her.

I also think purslane would do fine in the ground, but I love the way it trails so I keep it in baskets.

I had to cut my portulaca back this morning as it had gotten so leggy. Hate it when I have to do that but it will come back soon.
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2012 5:55 PM CST

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Vicki is correct! Hurray! Only the last is really portulaca.

Purslane is a close kissing cousin and many growers, in my HUMBLE OPINION, label it incorrectly. I have asked and no one ever has the same answer fo rme so my purpose on All THINGS PLANTS IS TO IDENTIFY THE TWO SPECIES. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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LindaTX8
Jul 30, 2012 7:19 PM CST
I call the last one Moss Rose, but that, of course, doesn't sidestep the confusion. Speaking of Moss Rose, I think one is growing behind my back fence...where a pile of topsoil used to be.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 31, 2012 11:41 AM CST

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Linda, most people do call the last one Moss Rose! Green Grin!
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