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link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9433897

Can anyone put a name to this one please. Its been puzzling us for ages. We did start thinking it looked a little like Purslane but cant match it with any. This one has small leaves and grows between the flagstones but no flowers as of yet.

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link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9433979

Awww!
I thought I would have had at least one guess by now. ;o)
nel5397
Groveland, FL

February 27, 2013
3:45 PM

Post #9433988

mother of thyme?
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

February 27, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9434049

maybe a Prunella?

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 27, 2013
5:49 PM

Post #9434075

Reminds me of Ajuga reptans
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 27, 2013
9:56 PM

Post #9434211

Big maybe...
Bacopa (the species, not the common name).
There are several species. Most are water plants, or grow in damp places.
Bacopa caroliniana is one species that I know of, B. monnieri is another. There are more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacopa

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 27, 2013
10:14 PM

Post #9434214

What about Lysimachia procumbens?
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2013
3:02 AM

Post #9434253

LOL - Thanks you guys, your brilliant...but after going through the list I have come to these conclusions -
Mother of thyme (Thymus pulegioides) the leaves are to small and have just found the stems are not woody enough. (have added another pic of the leaf.

Prunella. The leaves are totally the wrong shape and the distance between each set of leaves on the self heals are far greater than what I can see on the on in the pics.

Ajuga reptans. Growin, theres something about this one that is saying its not that either but I could be wrong.

Bacopa. Its to hard to be this one. The leaves are quite soft but the stems, although hard are not woody.

Lysimachia procumbens. Looking at the leaf in the photo I have just posted, do you think it is to thick to be this.

I really appreciate your help on this. Thanks, and look forward to finally putting this one to rest.

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link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2013
3:07 AM

Post #9434254

Sorry, the pic ot the plant growing in the flagstones was only a thumbnail so this is the visible one.
:o)

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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 28, 2013
11:10 AM

Post #9434626

Your plant, for some reason, looks very familiar but I can't place it. It's definitely a plant in "winter mode". Is there an aroma to the foliage? For some reason I was also reminded of Corsican Mint but I don't think that's it. What would help is a coin or pen next to the plant for size comparison.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 28, 2013
12:06 PM

Post #9434671

I would look in the Purslane family- stems are juicy looking.
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2013
3:58 PM

Post #9434853

Its grating on me too growin. I should know what it is. I'll get back to you with the coin and aroma questions.

sallyg - I keep going back to the Purslanes but nothing seems to match.

Thanks for keeping at it.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 1, 2013
6:13 AM

Post #9435263

A Veronica?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2013
6:51 AM

Post #9435312

I even looked at ficus pumila...but did find this link to British wildflowers...and there are a bunch of them...grin may take a while to sort through.

http://www.british-wild-flowers.co.uk/index flowers.htm

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2013
7:15 AM

Post #9435335

or Lysimachia...
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 12, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9447294

I still havnt heard back with the answers to your question about the aroma growin, but I will get back as soon as I do.

I dont think it can be Veronica because all of those that I have lookes at, none have a totally smooth leaf edge.

I have been scouring google looking at the common/small knotweed (Polygonum arenastrum), something about that kept drawing me towards it, the shape and that redness in the stem - and it holds a lot of resemblance to that apart from the leaf shape and from there I sort of stumbled across Ground spurge (Euphorbia prostrata). I wonder if it could be that, what do you think.


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link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
12:03 PM

Post #9450432

Your thoughts would be welcome on if you think this plant could be Ground spurge (Euphorbia prostrata).

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2013
12:17 PM

Post #9450446

Here' is one of more information on E. prostrata
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nursery-weeds/weedspeciespage/spurge/spurge_foliage.html

Your plant , to me, does not quite match, but it is a tough call. Yours looks to me more like a Purslane of some sort.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2013
12:26 PM

Post #9450451

oops, Purslane mostly alternate.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

March 15, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9450537

how about "thyme leaf speedwell"?
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/thymeleaf_speedwell.html

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 15, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9450551

gosh-golly, that sure does look like it.
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
4:43 PM

Post #9450722

Okay, so we have a difference of opinion here with sallyg and Vestia - lol
I thinkI am going to leave this one as unsolved and ask if we can have pics of the flowers when they appear.
Thanks for your input up till now though and will keep you posted.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9450725

Way to go Greenthumb and Vestia...it actually is a Veronica...thumbs up folks.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9450730

When I said Purslane --oops , alternate, I was discounting my Purslane guess. I am good with Veronica.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9450735

That was the way I read it Sally...
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9451549

Can you give us an idea which one themoonhowl. I have been trying to pinpoint a near match for ages and cant find one.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9451618

This one Link, Veronica serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Speedwell.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/thymeleaf_speedwell.html
link122
London
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 18, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9453930

Thanks Moon.
I'll suggest it to her and when the flowers arrive I will update this post.

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