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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What is This Weed?

8 feet tall

 

Sometimes, I allow a weed to grow just to see what it is.  Do you know what it is? The very top has cylindrical things, pink, that will soon flower. I DO NOT want to disperse the seeds unless this weed is edible.

6 feet tall
Here is a picture with the setting sun shining on it, making the dark green leaves very pale. Both these were in open areas that the last mower did not mind leaving unmowed!

Your turn
These need to be beheaded, at least, before the seeds disperse. Does anyone have a clue as to what these might be?

11 comments:

  1. Other than a very healthy weed I am clueless.
    And isn't it always the way. A volunteer plant will take off where things you have nurtured and coaxed will turn up its toes.

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  2. EC,
    It IS a healthy weed. The basil died with tender care!

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  3. I have no idea either. When I'm trying to identify a plant I use google images. I type in "plant, northern ontario, tall, pink flower, broadleaf..." or whatever details stand out. Then I look through all the pictures and open the ones I think are a match. It works not too bad. Occasionally one evades me, but most are pretty good.

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    1. Someone gave me an online weed guide. Thanks.

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    2. But, I don't remember where it is.

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  4. It's been too long for me to remember Southern weeds, but it looks like it's in the Sunflower (aka composite) family. This might help you find it in a guide.

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    1. Snow, thanks. I would love a sunflower, even if it is a weed.

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  5. It appears to be a dandelion by the leaf shape. I have them. Cut the seed heads off. It will continue to grow but not spread. As you may know, dandelion is very healthful...for whatever ails you...chock full of good stuff. Definitely not a sunflower, Snow.

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  6. It's gypsy weed/hounds tongue (a dozen other names). Not great for cattle, and there are several colors -- from pink, to dusky red, and occasionally blue flowers. Officially a "weed". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynoglossum_officinale

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  7. That weed is the KING of weeds. I'm intrigued...

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  8. Sunflower (composite) is the genus name, and there are probably thousands of plants within the genus. It's the largest plant genus because what looks like one flower is in reality lots and lots of flowers, and this makes the genus highly successful at propagation.

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