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Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Mar 21, 2021 12:08 PM CST
Hi friends!

It was my goal to plant some groundcover to grow prettily between my stone pathway steps. This has been growing naturally and I was wondering if someone could ID it. Is there any reason I shouldn't just allow it to grow?

The plants that the pathway snakes through are: geraniums, catmint, echinacea, salvia, abelia, and rudbeckia. Thanks!
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Mar 21, 2021 6:04 PM CST
No bells ringing here on that ID.

If you seek yet another species to include among your path, perhaps a mint or two (Spearmint, Peppermint) would appeal. Not only would it provide fragrance as it is stepped on, it is an edible that you can use in a variety of ways.

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CalPolygardener
Mar 22, 2021 7:38 AM CST
It looks a little like a Lysimachia. When it blooms it will be easier to ID
Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Mar 22, 2021 10:02 AM CST
@calpolygardener yes, you're right. It does look similar. The leaves of mine seem a bit more oval than the pictures of creeping Jenny online. I'll keep an eye on it and see how it changes and blooms.

Thanks!
Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Mar 22, 2021 2:53 PM CST
I found more of it all over my yard. It has tiny white flowers. I'm having second thoughts.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 22, 2021 3:10 PM CST
Looks like chickweed?
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 22, 2021 3:15 PM CST
By the way if you have a positive ID , chickweed it is eatable

I try to get revenge on weeds here by eating them nodding
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porkpal
Mar 22, 2021 6:17 PM CST
I thought the leaves looked too shiny and round for chickweed, but the blooms look right...?
Porkpal
California (Zone 9b)
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Mar 23, 2021 7:13 AM CST
I'd go with Porkpal and a chickweed of some sort. Definitely not a Lysimachia. In the second picture it looks like there is some ornamental strawberry hiding in there. You could pull the weed, apply a pre-emergent herbicide and let the strawberry take over. The pre-emergent would inhibit the strawberry from rooting for awhile, but when it dissipates the strawberry would start rooting in.
Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Apr 24, 2021 4:44 PM CST
Update: it has blooms now that don't appear to be chickweed or Lysimachia. It appears to be different from the second photo I shared in my lawn.

The petals are a whitish-purple with deep purple on the inside. I considered Persian speedwell, but the leaves are wrong.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 24, 2021 5:18 PM CST
It looks like a Veronica. This is a tiny one but there may be others
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crawgarden
Apr 24, 2021 5:22 PM CST
Or maybe this: Thyme Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 24, 2021 5:26 PM CST
That looks like a better match.
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Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Apr 24, 2021 5:32 PM CST
Yes! I think it looks just like that! The thyme one. Thank you!

And it seems some people like it to grow in pathways? That's exactly what I was looking for.

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