This perennial, ground cover-ish plant grows in my garden but I don't know what it is, or what it does. Can anyone please help me identify it? The leaves are a bit lighter than usual because of the frost we had recently, usually they are a more vibrant green.
Thanks in advance Permies,
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It looks like some kind of purslane to me. I found this link to a North Carolina State University website that looks similar and calls it pink purslane. Mine here in Montana has rounded lobes, which is what threw me.
That is exactly what i was thinking bill, but the pointed leaves threw me too. If it had yellow flowers Tipped in pink i might guess portulaca umbraticola, but i am not sure. Does this plant have noticeable flowers ever? How succulent are the leaves if at all?
I broke one of the leaves and it was succulent, which is a new term for me, thank you for teaching me this as well as helping me with the ID.
Edit: You asked how succulent: I don't know how to describe it, but it was pretty similar to the inside of an aloe plant, with that clear gel inside, just not nearly as fat.
OK I also looked at purslane and I don't think what I have is purslane.
I should have mentioned that the plant in question is an ornamental that someone else planted in three different spots in the garden, and it hasn't spread from there. Also it has no vertical growth at all. It just sprawls on the ground, and I've never seen it flower in two years.
It doesn't grow very fast, and doesn't do much that I can see...
Location: Northwest Montana from Zone 3a to 4b (multiple properties)
Amjad, I'm still mostly convinced it is purslane, most likely one of the tropical varieties for the reasons you have stated - low growth, no real spreading, and no flowering. They prefer it very hot and dry, which I don't think is true for the climate in your area. The common purslane goes crazy out here in Montana, but we have very hot and dry summers.
I'd lay odds that if you were to chop up the plant in your garden, that you would have a few more than three plants next year.
You do know for sure that it is a succulent, which one it could be is the interesting thing.