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To weed or not to weed?

Posted by true-blue Montreal, Canada Z4 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 2, 14 at 16:05

I did some direct sowing in my garden, however, I'm not sure if these are anything I know.

The leaves seem familiar. The plant is rather low, 4", sturdy stems.

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RE: To weed or not to weed?

Here is a 2nd photo. These guys are growing in gravel.

RE: To weed or not to weed?

Did you sow any Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) by chance? Pinch the leaves and see if they smell of chrysanthemums.

RE: To weed or not to weed?


Yes, I have some feverfew some 50' away. I let them go to seed. However, the first picture, is the other side of the house!

I'll pinch the leaves and report.

Now if I can remember how chrysanthemums smelled ;-)

RE: To weed or not to weed?

Does it bleed orange sap? It looks rather like Chelidonium majus to me.

RE: To weed or not to weed?

I second the Chelidonium ID.

RE: To weed or not to weed?

No, the leaves are different from Chelidonium:
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I think it's Feverfew. It could be any of these forms: photo FlowersJuly06015.jpg
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RE: To weed or not to weed?

Thanks lyco and carol, I believe seed money & pit are right. It's feverfew.

I rubbed the leaves on both plants. They had a both a very pungent smell, very nice actually.

I had to bruise the feverfew growing in the garden bed to get a smell out of it, but it was the same.

Not being familiar with it, I planted the original plant last year in a raised bed where roses grow. I assume high nitrogen made for a lanky plant.

The plants growing in gravel and the sandy soil are never watered, they look very nice actually quite unlike the tall plant which is 1' tall.

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