carpetweed


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Related to carpetweed: purslane, crabgrass, Mollugo verticillata
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carpetweed

carpetweed

Grows almost everywhere. The whole plant is edible. Said to raise levels of nitric oxide, which lowers blood pressure and is great for bodybuilding and sexual power. Low growing, 1-2 feet across, like a circular mat. Leaves smooth to the touch, usually narrow and whorled 3-8 around same point on stem. Flowers white or greenish-white.
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Most abundant were the grass green foxtail, Setaria glaucus, frost aster, Aster pilosus, and carpetweed, Mollugo verticellata (Voss 1985).
Females laid a single egg on the ventral leaf blade of carpetweed and then dropped down to patches of barren ground to lateral bask.
It is possible that carpetweed is the host in the western Upper Peninsula and southern Michigan.