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by Larry Petersime
(Moncks Corner, SC)


This was planted from seed. My wife thought it was nasturtium seed

Planted weeks ago and took two weeks to germinate, then extremely slow growth. Planted in a 24″ plastic window box in potting soil. Have noticed the stems are two different colors. Several plants appear to have buds on the top ends. Leaves appear to be 3/4″ long approximately and plant height ranges from 1 1/4″ to 4″ in height.
We’re curious what we really have and what to do with it.

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Well, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it most definitely is not a Nasturtium!

It’s possible that you have Portulaca, either the seed you got was mis labeled, or it was in the soil and germinated in a fluke event. If it is Portulaca, you’ll find that out when it blooms, as the flowers will be bright coloured and a satin type texture to them. It will be interesting, that’s for sure.

Here are some pages that will show pictures of what you can expect:

Basket of Unknown Beauty

Two Succulents Flowering


Comments for The Strange Tale of the Nasturtium Seed

Oct 17, 2021

Most likely Portulaca grandiflora.
by: Cereously Steve

Since your plant has cylindical leaves, it is probably Portulaca grandiflora. The leaves will never become flattened like Portulaca umbraticola.