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mystery plant in CT

Postby sumarty » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:02 pm

hi,
this is my first post. I live in CT and have a mystery plant that started growing in a pot I had outside. At first it looked like an evergreen....just spikey leaves growing. then it started to branch out and got rather dense within a month. Then pretty yellow flowers began to bloom with red inner parts. The leaves appear to be succulent....spikey and thick. I have attached some photos.
Any clues? thank you.
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Postby AstusAleator » Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:15 am

Is this a horticultural plant that was planted in the pot or perhaps volunteered?
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Re: mystery plant in CT

Postby sumarty » Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:18 pm

it just appeared....it started growing in the pot that is next to it. I had that plant inside until after memorial day and then put it out on the deck. That plant is tropical...a fern like thing. Then after a couple of weeks the mystery plant sprouted and I transplanted it to it's current pot when it started to looked interesting. usually just weeds or grasses spontaneously sprout in my pots but this is the first time I got something that has flowers.
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Postby AstusAleator » Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:22 am

Well it certainly doesn't look native to CT, and probably not native to the northern states. The succulent leaves indicate it comes from a drier hotter climate, and the multiplicity of the petals indicates it's a horticultural variety.
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Re: mystery plant in CT

Postby sumarty » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:53 am

it seems to be a Portulaca, or moss rose. I like the idea it just floated down on my deck and sprouted. I hope I can get some seeds from it for next year.
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