When I purchased this stem plant a while back from the LFS it was IDed as Creeping Charlie. However, to me it seems different from the Creeping Charlie I see online. While they are similar, the leaves on mine seem to be smaller, glossier, smoother edged, and pointier. The leaves never get bigger than what you see in the first series of photos. They vary from green to deep red depending on how much iron the plant is getting. The stem also seems different. It is brown to red in color and glossy. It grows like gangbusters when emersed and does not change in appearance.
Is this regular creeping charlie that's been chugging iron or something different? Guide me, TPT.
Thanks Kiran! It seems to prefer being emersed and grows quite quickly. Would probably be great for a wabi kusa. I set up an emersed box of it today. Should have plenty in a couple weeks. Hit me up if you want some!
Yes, break off a leaf and smash it between your fingers.
If it has a noticeable scent, it might be Clinopodium cf. brownei. It's edible.
I think we have a winner! +1 for AzFishKid. I smashed up a leaf and it did have a scent (not sure how to describe the smell). I googled Clinopodium cf. brownei and it looks right structurally. I think the red color of mine is due to an ample supply of iron from clay in the dirt substrate.
If anyone wants to trade for some, I'm growing some emersed so I should have plenty in a few weeks.