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What are these, weeds? And should I leave them in my Hosta garden or remove?

What are these, weeds? And should I leave them in my Hosta garden or remove?

I-Said-Maybe

Every plant in that picture apart from the hosta is a weed. The one with the thicker redish stem is a common purselane. Very easy to pull.


jams807

The weed with the red stem is purslane i think. Which might even be edible...


jams807

And the weed below it with the tiny bits of purple at the center of the leaves should be spurge. Remember to use gloves if you remove those because of the toxic latex that dribbles out.


AnonAmishGnome

Purslane is edible.


Vbort44

Are you sure it’s spurge? I was going to have my kids remove it tomorrow, but I’m not sure if they should if it’s toxic?


jams807

Ive read before that one of the ways to know is just by breaking the stem and seeing if that opaque white liquid is present. I am not sure how diagnostic that is, but the ones in my yard also look like yours, and mine also releases white liquid when broken. It also looks like the pictures of spurge online. Hope this helps! Edit: they seem to only release sap when broken, but if theyre pulled up from the root seems to be fine, I'm not sure if that could help dictate whether your kids would be able to participate.


2_greenthumbs

Weed with thick fleshy leaves and red stem is purslane. The weed with the small oval leaves is spurge (example near the bottom of photo near whitish rock) . The milky sap is mildly irritating to hands and eyes though I’ve never had a reaction. Most just sticky. There is a variety of spurge called spotted spurge that is toxic if eaten in large quantities. Looks like you might have some wood sorrel as well. Edit: purslane can root from dropped leaves so be sure to pull the entire plant.


NoOptionsGenetics

So they're Portulaca. I just did a plant ID and that's what it comes up, and that's what I have under the gingko. Same red stem and leaf.


inthelowcompost

Just calling it portulaca is a little confusing because portulaca is a genus that has multiple species that are very different. The plant in the picture is portulaca oleracea, or common purslane. Usually when people just say portulaca, they mean portulaca grandiflora: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_grandiflora Delicious tacos are made with purslane (and sometimes eggs or other things). Worth a google for verdolagas (another name!) recipes.


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FlyingDiamond

You’ve got some purslane (thick paddle shaped leaves) some spurge (small leaves with purple dot at bottom of photo) and some oxalis (little shamrocks with heart shaped leaves). You can pull all these out by gloved hand, no problem. If you want the weeds to keep away, you need to cover the bare soil. You can do that either with a low-growing spreading plant that you like, or by a mulch, such as lawn grass clippings from mowing the lawn.


jpzee28

This 👆 also dealers choice a weed is if you don't like it 🤷🏼‍♀️


argetlamzn

That purslane is great on tacos! But it is also commonly considered a weed


dallasmazie

Old herb very invasive but edible Purslane


Clear-is-a-Color

A better picture of the flower would help on the clover like plant. This would be my guess. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicago_lupulina?wprov=sfti1 Yes a weed, but a short, nitrogen fixing one. Edit: Wrong, what the guy below said, oxalis.


BlackDiamondOfficial

Its oxalis. Note the heart shaped leaves. Compare that to what you posted. Oxalis, common name woodsorrel, is a tasty salad green. Sour and sometimes kind of sweet, they go well in a fruity salad, or roughage salad with kale cabbage and broccoli stem.


Clear-is-a-Color

Thanks, absolutely. Fixed above.


Vbort44

Thanks for that! Why is it important that it aids in nitrogen? Sorry, it’s my first garden and I’m a newbie!


Clear-is-a-Color

Oh jeez, yeah what the guy said below, oxalis. Sorry. I was projecting from what I saw in my backyard today.


AnonAmishGnome

Looks like clover it’s completely harmless. ☘️


NoOptionsGenetics

I have those paddle like plants coming out of the bottom of my gingko tree that's only a yearling. I was literally about to post the exact same thing!


termbathing

Creeping wood sorrel, totally edible and normally grows in the forest


colleen8king

It is also edible