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Offline nholdstock

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Please help me identify this garden plant I have growing?
« on: January 18, 2013, 14:21:46 PM »
Hi there,

I moved into my new house (Tokai, Cape Town) about a month ago, but when i moved in the flower beds had just been cleaned, soil turned and new compost added etc...

About 2 weeks ago I noticed small green plants starting to like a ground cover. I have no idea what these are, and would like to know before I pull it all out. I am not sure if it was previously there or added by the compost.

I am interested to know if these should be pulled out, or develop a nice flower.
 






Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Nick

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Re: Please help me identify this garden plant I have growing?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 14:43:18 PM »
Hi Nick

How big are the leaves?  They look like some sort of trandescantia (wandering jew) to me - if so, they're going to take over your garden.......
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 01:23:27 AM »
Nick

I work on the principle if I did not plant it - it is a weed - looks very prolific, how long did it take to get to that stage ??? ???

I think Rena may be spot on the money

It looks like Tradescantia fluminensis to me - Check this link http://www.friendsoflanecovenationalpark.org.au/GardenEscapes/Tradescantia_fluminensis.htm
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 01:23:27 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 02:19:30 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 06:10:10 AM »
Very invasive plant and takes over. Give them to everyone you don't like and they will never bother you again.

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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 08:06:40 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 08:15:22 AM »
Eddie - and just when I thought you were a nice person ;D

Nick - please DON'T send me any.....
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013, 19:54:39 PM »
Eddie - and just when I thought you were a nice person ;D

Nick - please DON'T send me any.....

Don't worry Rena. We like you so will not be sending any "unmarked parcels".

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Re: Please help me identify this garden plant I have growing?
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013, 20:07:06 PM »
I have one flowering at the moment. If you want to grow one make sure to keep it in control and anything removed should be dried in the sun first before dumping it on the compost heap.

We had a lot of rain today, which i am very thankful for and my plants also, so will try and take a pic tomorrow of the flower.

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Re: Please help me identify this garden plant I have growing?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013, 18:48:53 PM »
What colour is yours Eddie ??? We might be able to swap  :)
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And for some unknown reason slugs and snails seem to shelter in it but never it it  >:(
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 19:43:38 PM »

Here is the promised pic of the flower.

Abby i will send you some free of charge and you don't have to return the favour.  LOL LOL LOL

Here we don't see them till you turn some soil and they germinate very rapidly. Most gardeners leave them as they see a flower and think the boss planted them. The flower is actually very small but seems to produce seeds like nothing else.



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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2013, 20:44:33 PM »
Eddie  :)
Mine is blue too -  beautiful colour but  :mean:
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 19:53:35 PM »

Here is the promised pic of the flower.

Abby i will send you some free of charge and you don't have to return the favour.  LOL LOL LOL

Here we don't see them till you turn some soil and they germinate very rapidly. Most gardeners leave them as they see a flower and think the boss planted them. The flower is actually very small but seems to produce seeds like nothing else.



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I forgot to take this one out when it flowered. I have hundreds to share if anyone is interested.

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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2014, 23:15:27 PM »
Eddie  :)
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