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Identifying a weed

 
 
Sun 15 May, 2011 12:52 am
It grows tall and narrow with a single stem which is purplish in color and covered with small, upright hairlike barbs. The leaves are dark green and long. They are serrated and tapering.
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Francis
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:40 am
@plainoldme,
Do they look like this?

http://www.vet.purdue.edu/toxic/plant12.jpg
laughoutlood
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:55 am
@plainoldme,
Or this?

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS9I5qYVwtGbCGV8uPn6LtV50B2X3Vf-2jWhNKCDZcYUnO0cNeFbg
plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:12 am
@Francis,
No, they're not ferns. They look more like grasses with leaves. I have to learn how to use my digital camera.
plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:13 am
@laughoutlood,
The leaves are right and so is the upright posture but I do not think this plant flowers. That's close.
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JPB
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:15 am
@plainoldme,
thistle?

http://www.ksda.gov/includes/images/plant_protection/Noxious%20Weeds/MuskThistleBolt320.jpg
Francis
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:16 am
@plainoldme,
Those are no ferns but tansy.

Yes, a picture could help..
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Francis
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:19 am
@plainoldme,
More like this?

http://www.hancockseed.com/myfiles/image/Big%20Blue%20Stem%20Native%20Grass.jpg
plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:27 am
@Francis,
No.
Francis
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 09:33 am
@plainoldme,
Maybe marijuana, then..

http://www.drugs-forum.com/growfaq/97_files/nietz190.jpg
plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 11:05 am
@JPB,
No, but thanks.

This is one of two tall similar plants in my yard. I knew I was allergic to one of them but I couldn't tell which. It has to be the little spines on the stems. I wore a tee shirt yesterday and starting pulling them and immediately broke out. I went in and washed my arms, but the rash is still traceable.

I just want a name for this thing. It is pouring here now. I should stop listening to Wait! Wait! don't Tell Me and read the directions for my digital camera so I can go out when it stops raining.
Butrflynet
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:19 pm
@plainoldme,
Since we don't have a photo to go by and only a very general description and no location info, you'll have to do the leg work.

Here are some sites to get you started:

http://www.weedtwister.com/weed_identification.htm

http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/weedid.htm

http://www.ppws.vt.edu/weedindex.htm

http://www.weedalert.com/


If those sites don't help, cut off a good sample of the leaves, put it in a plastic bag, and take it to a local nursery or neighbor that seems to have a lot of gardening knowledge.
Ceili
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:31 pm
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bBqysXGhPys/TG1xzAe94dI/AAAAAAAACGQ/cNRnfWpqpZI/s1600/2.jpg
http://www.ecosensorium.org/2010/08/kantakari-prickly-medicinal-weed.html
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bBqysXGhPys/TG1xO2OA0OI/AAAAAAAACGI/HMXo0EW7gJw/s1600/Solanum+virginianum1.JPG
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Ceili
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:32 pm
http://www.ecosensorium.org/2010/08/kantakari-prickly-medicinal-weed.html
Wow, sorry, didn't realize it was that big.
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plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:44 pm
@Francis,
Wink

The leaves aren't arranged in clusters or umbrels but come directly off the stems. Very Happy
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plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:45 pm
@Butrflynet,
Thanks! I kept finding this sites with the scientific names of plants! Duh! If I knew the name . . . I wouldn't need the site!
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plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:54 pm
@Butrflynet,
I found one of the plants that is my garden
http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/images/Horseweed/index.htm

but not the one I am allergic to. At least I have a name for one.
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plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:56 pm
@Butrflynet,
I found a second one

http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/images/Curly%20dock/index.htm

although it isn't the right one. It's just another weed. This is fun, however. Again, nice to know what I am dealing with.
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plainoldme
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 02:58 pm
@Butrflynet,
I have this as well. It confused me because it resembles Japanese knotweed.

You can see that there are many plant pests in my yard.
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Ceili
 
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Sun 15 May, 2011 03:08 pm

Ragweed?
http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/_dbase_upl/Common_ragweed.jpg
 

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