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Plant or Weed? lol

Posted by hopefulauthor z5IL (hopefulauthor@sbcglobal.net) on
Sat, Nov 24, 12 at 13:45

Hello...

Can anyone tell if my green is a plant or weed?

I sometimes reuse pots, so whatever it is, didn't come in the growing container, which was a succulent.

Here's the pictures..I know it won't win an award, lol, but need to know if I should toss or keep it...

weed or plant

plant or weed

Any ideas? TIA, Toni


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RE: Plant or Weed? lol

I heard once that "A Weed is just a Plant that hasn't been apprecieated yet" ~~ lol. Sorry, had to say it...

Hope someone can help, cuz I don't know, but it is intresting..

Marjie


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Wow.. Not sure about that one Toni..
Maybe a couple of unrelated plants went straight to Funky Town one night and this was the result?

I vote you put some pretty foil and a ribbon on it, and sell it on Ebay as a one-of-a-kind original..

$39.99 with FREE Shipping!

Charlie


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Hi Marjie. I know, I know, all plants are weeds somewhere..lol.
But, my question is, is this plant an IL weed? Something I normally dig/pluck and toss in the compost or a weed I'd pay $. lol.
Don't want to discard until I'm certain.

Charlie, ROFL..Great idea, but eventually my 100% positive feedback would drop to negative..lol.

Sad as it may be, this plant/weed wasn't around when Disco rocked Chi-town, so it never been to Funky Town..lol.


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I once wrote an essay called What is a Weed?
Basically theres no such thing as a weed, its merely a plant we didnt plant, one that turned up unexpectedly.
No idea what this is tho, a Euphorbia perhaps?


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A weed is an un desirable plant in a un desirable place. lol!

Next time our HOA tries to write me up I will show them this thread. lol..

JoJo


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Does it have any leaves?


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My favorite description of a "weed" is a rosebush in a cornfield.


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Morning...

You gals/guys are funny. I expected 'weed' jokes.

Larry, I haven't the faintest. Originally, the pot held another plant. While repotting last spring, I ran out of 'x' size pots, so whatever the green thingy is, wasn't purchased in that pot.

Does unknown plant have any distinctive characteristics of a Euphorbia?

JoJo...HOA?

To look at it, the poor thing is undesirable. lol.

Purple..No leaves. There are tiny, green balls on the tips of stems. It was outside all summer.
There's a weed here in IL w/roundish, green leaves. In summer, little balls form.
The balls, I'm assuming are seeds. Seeds sometimes end up in a pot of soil, germinate, but usually leaf each season if kept warm.
The first time I spotted this weed growing in a pot, I thought it was Talinum/Jewel of Opar.
"Asleep..Or a stalk of corn in a rose garden. :)


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Definitely not Talinum paniculatum. But I do have some seeds of that I'd be happy to send you if you'd like. I don't see how the seeds in your plants' balls will be able to ripen without any leaves to produce sustenance for this plant, whatever it is. Again I admire your ability to see something worthwhile about any plant. I've tried a couple times and just can't muster any appreciation for this thing.


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OMG Toni...that WOULD look awful! lol


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HOA.
Home Owners Association.
They snoop around once a month and write up anyone with weeds or tall grass.

JoJo


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You asked "distinctive characteristics of a Euphorbia"

A broken stem will exude milky white latex/sap.


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Purple...Oh, I know it's not Talinum, lol..the weed that looks like Talinum grows everywhere. Talinum, living outdoors, IL, would be a goner by spring..
Thanks Purple, but I have a variegated Talinum..it's not getting enough sun so growing spindly and losing color.

Do you have a mature Talinum that flowered? If so, can you please post a picture?

Purple, actually I don't see any beauty in the plant, but was hoping someone could come up an ID. If it's a weed, out it will go.
On the other hand, I don't want to toss a dormant plant...ya know?

Asleep...Yep, it would look awful..:) Especially for those who dote on roses and nature parks known for rose gardens.

JoJo..Ah...We don't have HOA, but an inspector drives by whenever. My brother lives in a condo..ppl on the first floor who have mini-gardens are responsible for grass/plants. If a blade of grass is out of place, they're notified and admonished.

Jean..sorry, I should have explained..Larry mentioned unknown plant/weed and Euphorbia. I thought he meant there was something about the plants growth that reminded him of a Euphorb.

Good point though..think I'll cut a stem to see if there's sap. Thank you.


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It looks like a Solanum with no leaves. Are those small berries? Solanum has alternate leaves, and makes small tomatoes (another Solanum) that are green and ripen to red or black.


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Dzit, I think that's it. Solanum nigrum, nightshade, likely I'm sure as a volunteer in IL, I know it was in OH. Toni, does it smell bad if you break off a piece? Wash your hands if you try this, in case that's what it is, gives me a rash.

Here's the Talinum paniculatum:


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flowers


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Seeds pods ripening.


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DZ. It could be Solanum. Is Solanum a plant one would buy at a nursery or is it a weed? I can't recall buying this plant. Don't know where it came from.

Purple..I haven't snapped a piece off yet..Don't know if it should be tossed or saved. I don' want to keep weeds, too, espeically when there's a space problem.

Purple, I love your Talinum. Is it growing in-ground?
Most Talinum pictures, 'online nurseries,' are drawings. lol. Wonder why?

The beads/seeds are cute, and those flowers are gorgeous.
I've never seen picture w/actual flowers, just the seeds...again, they were drawing..lol


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Hey Toni. Sure, people buy Solaanums all the time. Peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and Tomatillos are all Solanums. So is Nightshade. Nightshades are weeds that sprout everywhere a bird that ate a Nightshade berry might poop.


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DZ, lol. I know, I know.
I mean, do people buy S. nigrum?

There's an IL weed that resemble Purple's Talinum in bud. This weed grows a little above ground level,(they're plucked) but leaves grow fairly large. By summer, a vast amount of purple seeds sprout from the center, spread out on top.

One plant I 'assumed' was Talinum was kept yearly. After seeing drawings on online nurseries, I figured I must have bought one.

Around the same time, the Talinum-looking weeds grew in the yard.

Outdoors they die back in late autumn..potted then brought indoors these weeds are evergreen.
It took years before I realized it wasn't Talinum, but an IL weed..lol.


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