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ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2001
7:52 AM

Post #14938

Bought a couple of starts of a plant this summer and never got the name of the plant. MAYBE someone can help me??
It has fleshy leaves like a succulent. The stems are slightly woody, it gets a deep red, almost maroon clover like flower. It hangs down and makes a beautiful hanging basket. The lady I bought it from said to let it have morning sun, but not hot direct afternoon sun. The hummingbirds and butterflies loved it. Does anyone know what it could be? I don't have a way to send a photo right now.
dave

October 3, 2001
12:06 PM

Post #138674

Is it a portulaca? There are a ton of varieties of portulacas out there, so take a look at all these pictures:

http://davesgarden.com/plants/go/241.html

Dave
ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2001
3:48 PM

Post #138874

nooo, but the leaves are vaguely similar but somewhat fleshier. I love moss roses and have had them everywhere I lived. The stem and flower however are so different I really doubt there is a relationship between them and this 'creature'. Plus the fact that the lady had started these from stem cuttings.
The flowers looked like a versian of a purple clover flower except for color and size.
Sue

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


October 3, 2001
3:58 PM

Post #138883

Sue, purslane is a close cousin of portulaca, and the terms are often used interchangeably. The leaves on purslane are generally wider (not as spiny) Here's a closeup of the leaves: http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/purslane3.jpg

But your comment about the flowers is making me wonder. When you say they look like purple clover, do you mean they look like this? http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/features/teachers/umesc/prairie/images/purple_prairie-clover.jpg

If so, it probably is a very different plant than Portulaca. Hmmmmm, post back and we'll keep sleuthing.

Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 3, 2001
4:00 PM

Post #138885

Dave
What about that Texas Ice Plant that you gave me a start of? do you have a picture of it? it has fleshy leaves similar to portulaca and a red, puffy bloom.
Cala
ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2001
4:35 PM

Post #138900

The leaves on the first link are almost perfect go-vols, they come out from the tip in what starts like a little green almost translucent pearl then split into a four opposing leaf form. The blossom is a ball of stiff hairs just like a clover plants flower. Any one know where I could see a pic. of a texas ice plant?
Since the purslane is so close, it might be a relative. But the blooms are in the wrong place and not even similar.
Sure do appreciate all the help!!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


October 3, 2001
5:42 PM

Post #138938

Something clicked with me that we may be talking about a Sedum based on your description of the flowers. And sometimes S. specatabile is referred to as Ice Plant. Here are some photos to look at. The first one is S. spurium; I have a variety similar to this without the leaf variation, but the flowers are yellow and do look something like a clover flower:
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Crassulaceae/Sedum_spurium.html

Just for giggles and grins, here's another Sedum - this one is a closeup of the foliage of S. spectabile:
http://www.hort.net/gallery/view/cra/sedsp/

Now when I think of Ice Plant, I tend to lean toward Delosperma. Here's a photo showing full plant views and a closeup: http://www.csu.org/cgi-bin/xeri/Xeriinclude?Xeridetail?PIS-dc

So take a look at these and tell us which is closer to leaf and flower forms, and we'll go from there.
ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2001
7:20 PM

Post #138984

Nope nothing like either. The second one is called a weed here. :) Grow everywhere at certain times of the year they are pretty though.
On the ice plant, that is vaguely like it, but only in the leaves and the purslane is still much much closer. I am going to do some looking on the two sites those links are from and see if I can't find more out. Thank You.
perLite
Petaluma, CA

October 4, 2001
5:27 AM

Post #139375

How about Aptenia cordifolia?
http://www.plantcare.com/cgi-local/Nick.pl
There's a red one with a varietal name that relates to apples, like 'Red Apple' or somesuch. I wasn't recalling the flower having the yellow center as this does, but it's quite red.
ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 4, 2001
4:27 PM

Post #139635

Nope not that either. I have gone through all the sites associated with the hyperlinks you all have provided. I guess my next step is to look up the elderly lady I bought them from and see if she knows. *U* Hope I can remember where the yard sale was. LOL
maddy
Sodwana Bay KZN
South Africa

October 8, 2001
11:21 PM

Post #142936

Does it look similar to this http://www.rareflora.com/seneciofu.htm ?
The succulent Kleinia / Senecio all have similar flowers, leaves do vary quite a bit in colour and in shape and growth habit. Your plant might not be this particular species, but perhaps the family is right?
ozarksue
Mansfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2001
7:16 PM

Post #144078

Flower is right, but not on upright stem, grew on the place where the next leaves would come out. Leaves aren't right, but am going to look up more in that family. Maybe can find it. As soon as I feel better hope to hunt for the lady I bought it from. :)

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