Plant ID forum: Identifying this plant!

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Alberta
Zephyrne
Sep 17, 2019 9:37 AM CST
Hello all,

I am normally good at identifying plants/knowing what they are but I have ONE single plant here that I've had for a couple years and have never been able to figure out what it is!
The place I got it from labelled it as a succulent - just not sure, as It seems to thrive on cooler conditions and tons of water. It trails some (not sure if that's from lack of enough light or what...)
I've tried searching types of succulents and using plant ID apps and nothing seems to look like this one. I'd like to know what it is so I can make sure I provide it with the best care over the winter:) Help appreciated !!:)
Thank you!
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oneeyeluke
Sep 17, 2019 11:23 AM CST
Mini Jade Plant - Portulacaria afra
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Leftwood
Sep 17, 2019 2:02 PM CST
Portulacaria afra has opposite leaf arrangement. It can't be that since the mystery plant has alternate leaf arrangement. Not sure what it is.
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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2019 2:20 PM CST
I agree, with the alternate leaf arrangement, it is not Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra)
I'm not certain but I think Purslane (Portulaca umbraticola) has alternate leaves.
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brightorchid
Sep 17, 2019 2:45 PM CST
It almost looks like a trailing or leggy Sedum rubrotinctum? How much sun does your plant get?

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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2019 3:20 PM CST
Here's our database entry for Jelly Bean (Sedum x rubrotinctum)
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Alberta
Zephyrne
Sep 17, 2019 3:24 PM CST
brightorchid said:It almost looks like a trailing or leggy Sedum rubrotinctum? How much sun does your plant get?

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I do see the resemblance! But mine is quite small and doesn't seem to get any bigger, it just grows longer or more lush. It was indeed more "trail-y" before I put it outside for the summer but even then it still seems to want to grow long and the stems still grow soft. It also has never turned the lovely red ish colour that I see in the pictures of the Jelly Bean.
Now that it's cooler out I have it under one of my grow lamps, so I'd think it should be getting lots of light still.
I included a picture with a quarter for size comparison:)
A mysterious plant indeed!
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Leftwood
Sep 17, 2019 3:58 PM CST
Note that the leaves have an upper flat surface with conspicuous dimples (or whatever they are called) - not evident on the Jelly Bean. I'm not very knowledgeable with sedums and similar succulents, but I would think these characteristics are important(?). Could it be a Crassula of some sort?
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brightorchid
Sep 17, 2019 4:09 PM CST
You're right, the stems do look different. I'm stumped! Sorry I couldn't help. It seems like something in the sedum family to me. I could have sworn I've seen this in person before, sold as ground cover. If I remember I'll let you know.
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2019 4:11 PM CST
Leftwood is right, Jelly Bean plants have round leaves with no flattening. I wonder if its a Sedum - one of the plants classified as stonecrops. Has it ever bloomed?
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Alberta
Zephyrne
Sep 17, 2019 4:12 PM CST
Leftwood said:Note that the leaves have an upper flat surface with conspicuous dimples (or whatever they are called) - not evident on the Jelly Bean. I'm not very knowledgeable with sedums and similar succulents, but I would think these characteristics are important(?). Could it be a Crassula of some sort?


After reading your suggestion on a Crassula I searched some. Could be or closely related to a Crassula connata.... Although mine has always lacked this red hue that seems to be normal to this species Sad

Any thoughts?
Alberta
Zephyrne
Sep 17, 2019 4:15 PM CST
DaisyI said:Leftwood is right, Jelly Bean plants have round leaves with no flattening. I wonder if its a Sedum - one of the plants classified as stonecrops. Has it ever bloomed?


You could be right about the stonecrop - but it's Never bloomed, or turned red-ish like I see in what's called Pygmy Stonecrop (Crassula Connata).
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brightorchid
Sep 17, 2019 4:17 PM CST
Sedum Album?
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Alberta
Zephyrne
Sep 17, 2019 4:23 PM CST
brightorchid said:Sedum Album?
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You might have something here brightorchid!:) Internet says it flowers, maybe they just don't indoors, like many other plants?
Name: Em
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brightorchid
Sep 17, 2019 4:28 PM CST
Zephyrne said:

You might have something here brightorchid!:) Internet says it flowers, maybe they just don't indoors, like many other plants?


I think it could be! Succulents blooming is so hit or miss so I'm not sure. I've never gotten a jade to bloom in 20 years (I think they need cold in the 50's for a spell to induce blooming if I remember correctly - I grow mine indoors) but I've had other succulents bloom randomly indoors.
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Leftwood
Sep 17, 2019 8:02 PM CST
Yes, it would need to have some sort of simulated winter, probably either cooler temps or a prolonged dry period, to produce flowers. If it gets enough cold from being close to a window in winter, that might do the trick, maybe. Sedum album isn't that uncommon, and it does look like a good candidate for ID.

Kephike
Sep 24, 2019 5:16 PM CST
This plant came up in my flower bed & now a couple more have come up. I took the photo to 2 different nurseries & no one knew what it was. Also used my Naturalist app & it didn't recognize it either. It's probably just a weed, but I like it! Anyone recognize it???

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