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Help identify this growing in my backyard

Posted by ctycdm 10b/Sunset 24 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 17:00

I thought this volunteer was a weed, but it kept getting bigger, and now little purple has flowers!... any idea what it is? A bush, a tree?
So Cal Coastal, if that helps
Thanks!


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RE: Help identify this growing in my backyard

  • Posted by aswhad belgium-europe (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 17:06

Solanum laciniatum ? or other Solanum


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RE: Help identify this growing in my backyard

  • Posted by ctycdm 10b/Sunset 24 (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 17:38

thank you aswhad, I looked that up and you could be right, although the leaves are more broad than the examples I saw on line.
Either way, if it is a poisonous tomato of sorts, I'm guessing it's and undesirable, and should be cut down and dug up?


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RE: Help identify this growing in my backyard

Maybe Solanum rantonetii. Both S laciniatum and S rantonetii as well as many other Solanums are grown as ornamentals in gardens. Yes, they are poisonous to a degree but so are many other plants we grow, including Tomatoes and Potatoes.


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RE: Help identify this growing in my backyard

  • Posted by ctycdm 10b/Sunset 24 (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 9:25

Thanks both of you, it does appear more like the S rantonetii, I guess I'll just leave it and see how it grows and what it looks like mature. Since It popped up by itself, I guess it wants to be there, ...although it still looks like a big weed to me right now ;)


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