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Plant ID

06/14/2013 6:41 PM

Hi all

Another plant ID question. Saw this growing and don't remember planting it. Am I

nurturing a monster or will it surprise me?

What is it?

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06/14/2013 7:37 PM

Looks like a sunflower....

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06/14/2013 8:08 PM

Not!

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06/16/2013 5:16 AM

Artichoke ......?

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06/19/2013 9:41 AM

Looks like sunflower but leaves are different than the sunflower.

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06/14/2013 8:42 PM

Have you ruled out it being a Hosta? There are many varieties; most all are low-growing with large leaves like that.

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06/15/2013 8:32 AM

Looks like the plant from the "Rocky Horror Story"! LMAO

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06/15/2013 3:48 PM

I don't know what it is, but it surely is doing well! Sometimes birds will drop seeds, let it grow and see what you get, might be something nice.

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06/15/2013 6:05 PM

Looks like a lot of the weeds in my fields. They don't usually flower, but when they do it's a bunch of small white un-scented little guys. Not offensive, just not that decorative.

Try this site, and take your plant characteristics to the web to find out more: http://turfid.ncsu.edu/

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06/15/2013 11:02 PM

Are the leaves hairy? If so my educated guess is that it is a variety of Mullein. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=mullein+plant&FORM=AWIR1

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06/15/2013 11:20 PM

You beat me to it! I went outside to take a picture, only to find I don't seem to have any this year. I usually pull up several each spring. They generally grow 4-6 feet tall, with rather small white flowers. I have some vague memory of one of my naturalist brothers telling me to leave it there; I don't remember why.

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06/16/2013 12:27 AM

Here (http://www.makeitmissoula.com/2011/08/mullein-heals-the-earth/) is a pretty good article and video.

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06/16/2013 5:18 AM

Great answers from both who said Mullein like the video.

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06/16/2013 9:03 PM

One of my survivalist friends calls mullein 'nature's toilet paper'. I believe that it also has anti-cough properties. It's a biennial, having a low rosette of leaves the first year and adding a tall 3 1/2' to 6' central stalk the 2nd.

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06/15/2013 11:16 PM

A great place to query for plant related questions is: UBC Botanical garden Forums

Your plant looks like a Mullien of some type to me, AKA Verbascum species

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06/15/2013 11:17 PM

Genetic sequencing is getting cheaper (more reasonable, more like it) with every passing year. I figure, that in about 10 years you will be paying for it from your beer money.

So, patience, patience.

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06/16/2013 12:06 AM

If it is milkweed, keep it. It attracts monarch butterflies. Its poison collects in the caterpillar. Other bugs avoid it in a flower bed. Did the trick for me for many years.

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06/16/2013 12:27 AM

It could be comfrey.

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06/16/2013 4:39 AM

Looks to me something like a variety of broccoli. Perhaps the wild type.

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06/16/2013 6:19 AM

Looks like a variety of Mullien. The root is goot for lung disorders. It's quite harmless and won't overtake a yard or garden and has a decent sized flower for a short time.

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06/16/2013 7:51 AM

Wait for the flower. Its the easiest way to ID a plant. From the the flower there are any number of plant ID guides based on your location that can be used.

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06/16/2013 10:56 AM

If you did not plant it, and have no idea what it is, it's an alien plant. Form somewhere else. Kill it-Kill it- Kill it before it takes over your garden, your lawn, your life and spreads to conquer the world. Or maybe it is just a sunflower that the squirrels planted.

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06/16/2013 12:17 PM

It's hardly a case of Heracleum mantegazzianum.

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06/16/2013 9:12 PM

My earlier comment about mullein is accurate, but this doesn't look like mullein's growth pattern. Jerusalem artichoke, maybe?

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06/16/2013 9:23 PM

Why is it not a milkweed. An ignorant in the craft asking.

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06/17/2013 12:17 AM

Answering both your question and a prior one, here is the OP's Photo:

Here is Jerusalem Artichoke:

And here is milkweed:

1. Notice the grey-green color of the original, distinct from the colors of the other two.

2. Notice the veining of the leaves. The original has a main central vein with multiple lateral veins that make roughly 45° angles with the central vein. The Jerusalem artichoke has 3 main veins and curved lateral veins, while the milkweed has a single central vein with the lateral veins more nearly perpendicular to the central vein.

3. Notice the leaf edges. The Jerusalem artichoke has definitely toothed edges, while the other two are essentially toothless.

4. Notice the surface texture. The original is quite hairy, the Jerusalem artichoke less so, and the milkweed is essentially hairless.

5. It's of little use here, but milkweed got its name from the very milky (and toxic to many insects) sap. Break a milkweed stem anywhere, and the 'milk' oozes out. The mullein does not. I've never broken a JA stem, so I don't know, but I don't believe it would produce the milky sap, either.

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06/17/2013 1:52 PM

If it says "Feed me Seymore Feed me!" RUN!!!!!

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06/17/2013 4:01 PM

It looks very similar to young tobacco plant, so my next question are there any tobacco plantations near where you live?

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06/18/2013 12:32 PM

Hi James

No tobacco I`m afraid I live in UK too far north for that, my bets are on Mullein as described above. Thanks

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06/18/2013 3:53 PM

I do believe the last time I was in Connecticut, I witnessed tobacco plantations and I was astonished to find them this far north. If you live in a coastal region near the gulf stream maybe it is still possible, but perhaps not as a wild plant. I surrender.

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06/20/2013 4:55 PM

Ok.....so it's not tobacco, but do you get a buzz when you smoke it?

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06/17/2013 6:29 PM

While mullein leaf makes a fine toilet paper when camping...don't confuse with a sunflower leaf wich causes a burning itch.

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06/27/2013 3:54 PM

Hi all thought you would like an update.

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06/27/2013 5:20 PM

Yes we do like that, and it still looks like Mullein. When the first flowers open, take and send a closeup, and then we can be almost certain.

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06/28/2013 12:40 AM

Amaranth is another possibility.

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06/28/2013 1:03 AM

I don't think so. All the photos I've seen of Amaranth show a definite red to magenta color, and are devoid of fuzz.

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06/28/2013 1:09 AM

The magenta coloring is present in amaranth sold as a decorative plant, but the commercial variety (for production of seed) is all green and fuzzy.

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06/28/2013 10:02 AM

You got me to look a little further; I had no idea there were so many (≈60) species of amaranth, including 'pigweed'. I certainly can't say you're wrong, at least not yet. When it flowers, we should know more...

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... and here's my update. I usually have a plant or two on my property, but this year none. I just noticed a nearby property that has hundreds, so I took a few photos.

Please note that these photos are of wild mullein growing in the foothills of northern California, where it rarely rains in the summer, and we've recently had quite a few days with highs near and slightly above 40°C. Obviously they will look different in cooler and/or moister climates.

Here's a patch of them:

Here are a few late/young plants to show the structure:

And here is a closeup of the top of one not quite finished flowering:

Please try to send a photo of your plant when it blooms. Thanks. Dick

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07/11/2013 12:34 PM

Here it is in bloom next to my better half.

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Thanks and WOW! It sure likes your garden! As I suspected, it looks quite different in your climate, but it still looks like mullein. Can you get a closeup of the flower stalk or a single flower?

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07/14/2013 11:36 AM

Close up as requested.

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07/14/2013 1:13 PM

Looks like Mullein.

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I composed a reply yesterday, but somehow it did not get sent/posted.

In the hot, dry climate here, the flowers don't seem to open fully, at least in midday. I brought one home and put it in water here in the house. Here it did open:

Under incandescent lighting (the kitchen hood, one of the few incandescents left here), it looks a lot deeper yellow. It definitely has 5 petals, 5 orange-tipped stamens, and the same green pistil as yours. I'm satisfied your plant is indeed a variety of mullein, and possibly even the same variety as we have here.

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07/17/2013 2:19 PM

Well, it's certainly a show-off. Does it attract birds or butterflies? Watch out for the seeds if they are narcotic. I presume the birds know what to stay away from.

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07/17/2013 3:15 PM

"Well, it's certainly a show-off." Not really! That entire flower cluster is only a little over an inch across, and the flower is only fully open because I brought it home and put in water for a day.

Look at that first picture in post #39. Those plants are all in bloom, although with the sun basically behind them, you can hardly see the flowers. Now it appears that it's a different story in the climate of the UK.

I've never paid attention to how fauna may interact with them...

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OOPS, I was commenting on the pic in post #40. That is the biggest plant in the pic. I put my reply on the wrong post.

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interesting facts about Mullein I saw in a search about mullein on this page it is herb of the month & talks about the medical uses of it in the past apparently the seeds are a narcotic.

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