Plant ID forum: Ground cover ID

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MarkiusSchu
Jun 28, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Hello!
My dad just brought over some ground cover (see photo) and I was hoping to find out what it is. My biggest concern is if it would be toxic to my dogs and redfoot tortoises. Thanks in advance for any help!

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Zencat
Jun 28, 2017 10:58 AM CST
It looks like purslane but all the ones I've seen don't have those pointed tips. Is that a flower on the upper right?
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MarkiusSchu
Jun 28, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Zencat said:It looks like purslane but all the ones I've seen don't have those pointed tips. Is that a flower on the upper right?


The flowers are actually from a different plant; sorry about the poor picture. I'm not sure if it's purslane, because I believe purslane grows several shoots out from a single point, but these are single stems each attached to a different root. When I get a chance, I'll post a better picture.
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plantladylin
Jun 28, 2017 3:18 PM CST
My eyesight isn't the best but I wonder if it could be a variety of Prostrate Knotweed (Polygonum)? Here's one for comparison: http://www.illinoiswildflowers...
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purpleinopp
Jun 28, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Compare to this:
Stringy Stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum)
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plantladylin
Jun 28, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Tiffany, you are good! That sure looks an awful lot like the plant in question!
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Chicago, IL
MarkiusSchu
Jun 28, 2017 7:36 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Compare to this:
Stringy Stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum)


Yep, that's it! Great find, Tiffany Hurray!
It certainly matches the pictures quite accurately, as well as the description of having three leaves (or more) per node.

I've looked into it, and it seems it is used in some Korean dishes and also for medicinal purposes. This is great news for my greyhounds (and perhaps my redfoot tortoises, should they decide to eat it).

Thanks, Tiffany!
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