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Pigweed - wrongly labelled?

We bought this lovely plant a couple of weeks ago and wanted to know more about it. The label on the side of the pot says Pigweed, but I'm damned if I can find any PigWeeds that look like that? Could someone please enlighten me and maybe offer some advice on how to care for Piggy?

Thanks in advance x

To See the World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower


  • sarinkasarinka Posts: 270
    I saw that plant labelled as pigweed at Homebase a few weeks ago, and had the exact same question!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,246
    This is the problem when they don't use botanical names.  :)

    I have no idea what pigweed is, but that's clearly a succulent of some kind. @wild edges might know. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited August 2020
    I think some of the Portulaca species (purslanes) are also called 'pigweed' (which is normally amaranth or chenopodium sp.) At least it's somewhere to start. :)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,041
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Yes Bob & Wild Edges, that indeed is the little Piggy! Was really bugging me! I can sleep at night now :D

    Thanks to all for your help xxx
    To See the World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,727
    Portulaca - it grows wild here in my garden.  We eat the tender tips in salad (mixed with other leaves) and my Turkish neighbour prepares it in yoghurt.  Delicious and very good for you.  High in Omega-3 and Melatonin.  Also called Purslane.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

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