Purslane and Portulaca forum: What kind of portulaca?

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 7, 2017 10:48 AM CST
This is a volunteer with my new bougainvilla. It seems to be some hearty type of portulaca. Its growing straight up with no impulse to drape. Any clues?
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Here are the portulaca hanging along side of the bougainvilla. They are 3 years old. None of the stalks are as thick and straight.
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vic
Jun 7, 2017 12:36 PM CST

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Oh wow - such healthy and beautiful plants!

I can't answer your question but I'm sure someone will stop in soon and let you know Green Grin! Thumbs up Crossing Fingers!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jun 7, 2017 4:17 PM CST
If the flowers are as big as those in your last pics, it's P. umbraticola. If they are tiny, and yellow, it's P. oleracea.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 7, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I looked up in the Plant Data base. So P. oleracea , those are the ones I am pulling up out of the cracks in the sidewalk?? This one might be a WEED?!
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purpleinopp
Jun 8, 2017 9:21 AM CST
P. oleracea is cultivated all over the world as food. Makes an amazing ground cover under taller entities, shading the ground and pulling up moisture from deeper in the soil, yielding its' organic matter back to the soil over winter. Are smaller blooms less cute... or even cuter? Really depends on your perspective.

Maybe you could fill the cracks in the sidewalk & not have that concern anymore? A 1-time effort?
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 8, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Thanks. I don't have much in the sidewalk any more. But I do have this one growing within the bougainvilla. Not so sure i I should transplant it to another pot or what? Maybe just leave it be for now. It's a bit bare-legged and not so pretty, even with the tiny flowers. And I am not too interested in eat it. We'll see.
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