Lovely Mystery Plants/Weeds

katthorAugust 18, 2010

I have found these two plants popping up everywhere around my yard - in the lawn, in the garden, in poor soil locations, good soil, and always in sunny spots. Any idea what they are? The plant with the white blooms grows low to the ground and spreads out wide. The other plant puts out tiny single pink blooms and looks very succulent. Are these weeds? Any ideas as to what they are or could be? From Plant Identification

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Sorry for the bad shot, but that is one of the plants flower buds.

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wild guess - top plant is a veronica and bottom plant is a purslane. I believe that wild purslane will interbreed with cultivated Portulaca and sometimes you get all sorts of variations in leaf margins and petal color. Purslane, tho a weed is very healthy to snack on while your out weeding the garden - it's one of the few vegetable sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The wild form tastes better than the half breeds or Portulaca.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 3:14PM
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mom2edna(7- Charlotte, NC)

I have that same plant (top photo) growing in my beds. I have no clue where it came from. I'm really new at growing plants from seeds, and when it sprouted I thought it was something else that I had planted there (that never grew).

It reblooms.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:42PM
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The second is gallium. I think it is native, but still a pest for me. It breaks rather than pulls out, even when soil is soft.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 9:18PM
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