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just a weed?

Posted by loris Z6 NJ (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 8, 14 at 19:23

I'm pretty sure this one is nothing I'd want to keep but I thought I'd check before pulling have it on my list of plants to yank out. I often give reprieves though for native plants especially if they are good for wildlife.

These usually grow straight up with a slight curve even though this picture makes it look like a ground-cover growing sideways .

What is it?

Thanks


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RE: just a weed?

loris, the photo doesn't show up for me.

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Thanks. I didn't hit submit when I originally did this so I probably timed out. I hope it shows up now. (I'll check)


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Japanese stiltgrass, I believe.

Here is a link that might be useful: Microstegium vimineum


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Horrible stuff, thankfully easy to pull out and it's an annual. Be sure to get it all before it goes to seed (in Georgia that is late September or October).


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Thanks carrieb and esh_ga. I'm glad I asked. It's become a problem in some natural areas here so getting rid of it is now my top weeding priority.


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as soon as you note.. that it has become a problem.. and that being part of the definition of WEED ... when it really didnt need a name ... other than for curiosity ...

a problem plant is a weed .. period ...

would you have kept your problem ... had they told you it was a valuable plant ..???

ken


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ken,

It wasn't (isn't) very widespread in my yard yet. If it wasn't bad for natural areas I might have left int alone since it wasn't really bothering me.

I'm less interested in "valuable" plants than plants that help me in these goals:

1. not spreading invasives (although I have more than I want here--some purchased by my husband, some that came with the house or as in this case some that just showed up one day)
2.having a habitat garden
3.having more native plants.

I've ended up with many plants I like by getting id's on what just shows up. I like plants other people might not want in their yard. My first questions about a plant are "What can eat it?", "What can use it for shelter or nesting material?".

On the other hand I don't think closed gentian or queen of the prairie do much for wildlife but I ended up buying some of each just because I really like how they look.


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  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 16:16

Well, closed gentians are valuable to bumblebees in late season (lol).
I've never successfully grown queen of the prairies to see what likes it...but I sure love the look ;)


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Thanks dbarron. It's good to know closed gentian is good for a pollinator besides being pretty.


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