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Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:47 AM

Can someone please help me identify a weed?

Weíve neglected a small raised bed garden, planning on clearing it out. Iím a little concerned it could be poisonous. The things are about 6 feet tall.





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Reply Can someone please help me identify a weed? (Original post)
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 OP
Jim__ Jul 2021 #1
Jerry2144 Jul 2021 #2
marybourg Jul 2021 #3
Eyeball_Kid Jul 2021 #4
WHITT Jul 2021 #5
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 #23
KentuckyWoman Jul 2021 #6
flying_wahini Jul 2021 #7
Mariana Jul 2021 #14
H2O Man Jul 2021 #15
CommonHumanity Jul 2021 #30
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2021 #35
Mariana Jul 2021 #36
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2021 #37
Mariana Jul 2021 #38
kentuck Jul 2021 #43
Rorey Jul 2021 #8
Mariana Jul 2021 #9
CentralMass Jul 2021 #32
jmbar2 Jul 2021 #10
jcgoldie Jul 2021 #11
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 #18
CottonBear Jul 2021 #12
CommonHumanity Jul 2021 #33
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 #13
Mariana Jul 2021 #16
msdogi Jul 2021 #17
mopinko Jul 2021 #19
Chautauquas Jul 2021 #20
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 #21
jcgoldie Jul 2021 #22
Retired Engineer Bob Jul 2021 #24
jcgoldie Jul 2021 #26
kentuck Jul 2021 #25
drray23 Jul 2021 #27
berniesandersmittens Jul 2021 #28
Kali Jul 2021 #29
YoshidaYui Jul 2021 #31
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2021 #34
rampartc Jul 2021 #39
Ms. Toad Jul 2021 #41
yonder Jul 2021 #40
Meowmee Jul 2021 #42
kentuck Jul 2021 #44

Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:52 AM

1. I can't. But if you don't get an answer here ...

... you might try the Gardening Group

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:52 AM

2. I am not sure

But try an app called PlantSnap. It lets you take a photo then does a search to look for matching plants. Usually pretty accurate with mature plants, but sometimes you need to read about the possible matches

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:54 AM

3. It's good commonsense to wear long sleeves, garden gloves

and possibly a mask when clearing out copious amounts of bushy matter, It doesnít look like poison sumac, if thatís what you were thinking, but many plants are irritating, allergenic or even toxic, so caution is advisable when contact is unavoidable.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:55 AM

4. I'm not a botanist. But this looks like

a common weed that Iíve pulled out of my garden for years. Were I having the same problem, Iíd just yank them out and plant something I could eat.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:04 PM

5. Oh, THAT Kind Of Weed

I'm out.


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Response to WHITT (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:28 PM

23. LOL

I should be so lucky to just have some mj magically appear.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:05 PM

6. It isn't Hogweed

That's the only one that gets that tall that might mess you up. The rest of the tall weeds are just a nuisance.

This covers the USA.

https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/poisonous-plants-identification-guide

Whichever bugs are hiding in there will chomp you quicker than the plant itself.
long shirt, pants tucked into socks, gloves, hat and a good shower after.... the basic rule for all of it ...

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:06 PM

7. I think it is pokeweed. Which if it is is not toxic.

Spreads like a weed.

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Response to flying_wahini (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:11 PM

14. Pokeweed has very different flowers - and it IS toxic.

All parts of common pokeweed are toxic to humans, pets and livestock.


https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=112

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Response to flying_wahini (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:12 PM

15. Pokeweed is toxic

to humans, dogs, and livestock. But that is if consumed, not pulled out while weeding.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #15)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:59 PM

30. Not necessarily toxic to livestock

For other goat owners or anyone else wondering about goats and pokeweed:

If you own goats you are familiar with the fact that most plants considered toxic to livestock have not been tested on goats. In fact, plants that are toxic to cattle, pigs, etc. may not necessarily be toxic to goats.

I am not suggesting that anyone randomly feed their goats plants that appear on toxic plant lists. Just saying my goats eat pokeweed and love it. I can always tell when they have eaten a good bit of it because the berries stain the fur around their lips. It seems to like to grow with kudzu among other things and my goats have a great time with it. As with goats and any plant, much depends on how much of a particular plant they eat in relation to whatever else they are eating. Just sayin' pokeweed is just fine for my goats in NC.

I'm sure someone will provide further detail on this, but pokeweed was also eaten by people in many southern states. Maybe still is. Has to be boiled/prepared till the cows come home, but again, just sayin' pokeweed is not a clear cut case o toxic to all animals in all modes of preparation. That said, don't go out, pull some up and chow down on it.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #15)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:06 PM

35. I thought people ate pokeweed.

You know, "Polk Salad Annie."

Yes, that is how it is spelled in the song.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #35)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:10 PM

36. They do, but only the young shoots and leaves in the spring.

This time of year, it's bad news to eat any part of the plant.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #36)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:17 PM

37. NOW they tell me. Let me get off the computer and call 9-1-1. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #37)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:21 PM

38. Even then, it's dangerous to eat it raw.

It's cooked in several changes of water to detoxify it.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #37)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 02:55 PM

43. Poke is poisonous.

It has the dark purple berries and a reddish stalk. People eat it for medicinal purposes.

It is best when picked very young, in early spring. Boil the shoots. Then fry them in some bacon grease and scramble some eggs in them. They are quite tasty with pinto beans.

The old wives tale is that if you eat it once a year, it builds up the antibodies in your body and prevents you from getting sick.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:06 PM

8. I feel like I've seen that around my part of the country too

I'm in Colorado.

I'm seeing a lot of different weeds this year that I haven't noticed before, and sadly I'm finding sticker weeds (goat heads?) in part of my yard. They're my most hated weeds. When I had a dog I used to carry pruning sheers with me when I walked him and I'd cut those horrid things off all the time. Parks, the edges of people's yards - didn't matter where. I did my own eradicating.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:06 PM

9. It looks like a wild amaranth to me. nt.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:03 PM

32. I thought so too. Related to quinoa I believe.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:07 PM

10. Get some Tecnu, or equivalent, then pull all you want

Tecnu is miraculous for preventing poison plant reactions. You just wash thoroughly after exposure, before touching anything else. I used to get poison ivy all over me when gardening. Now, I can just wash it away.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:07 PM

11. Looks like pigweed

Not poisonous and even edible.

Edit: Pigweed is Amaranthus as someone stated above.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:21 PM

18. Yeah, I googled pigweed

It looks like a match.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:09 PM

12. It might be pokeweed. Here's a link to a botanical description:

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:03 PM

33. Not poke weed

Absolutely not pokeweed unless there is a variant that looks extremely different than the pokeweed I see every EVERY day. Don't mean to be didactic, but it is not pokeweed.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:10 PM

13. At first I thought it could be stinging nettle

But the leaves donít look right.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Reply #13)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:12 PM

16. I think it's an amaranth. Some of them get that tall. nt.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:18 PM

17. Amaranth sp.

Good app for this is PlantNet, used your pic and it looks like a match

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:23 PM

19. most def amaranth. most def not poke.

not rly close.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:23 PM

20. That's an app called Picture This that does a good job

of identifying plants. I use it when my wife and I go for walks.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:25 PM

21. Thanks everyone

Good for DU, appreciate the help.

Now to get off my ass and remove these things.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Reply #21)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:27 PM

22. get some goats to do the work and have a beer

they love those.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #22)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:34 PM

24. Googled "rent a goat"

Turns out Tractor Supply might be able to help.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/cms/life-out-here/the-barn/animal-medication-for-goats/goats-for-hire

Can a goat be instructed to just go after this weed? If they get into the flower gardens my husband will be POíd.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Reply #24)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:47 PM

26. unfortunately no!

They are vegetative assassins they will wipe out fruit trees grapevines flowers vegetables without a hint of conscience.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:39 PM

25. I remember calling them horseweeds...

They would feed them to the horses. They grew abundantly in KY and VA.

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:52 PM

28. Did you plant your seeds from China?




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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 12:54 PM

29. looks like amaranth, or pig weed.

at least that is what we call our version out west. it is edible as greens (raw or cooked) when young. the seeds are edible too, and can even be popped (though they are so tiny compared even to heirloom popcorn)

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:02 PM

31. Nope! That is not cannabis!

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 01:03 PM

34. Where do you live? Have you tried your local agricultural extension service?

Even if you're in The Big City, you should be able to find someone in your political subdivision who fits that description.

Sorry for the non-answer answer, but starting locally can often get an answer answer quickly.

Best wishes.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #39)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 02:44 PM

41. I don't think so.

Mullein has velvety leaves. (Mullein doesn't even come up as an option in my PlantNet app

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 02:35 PM

40. Amaranth. Big ones

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 02:45 PM

42. https://identify.plantnet.org/ Amaranthus Retroflexus L / Red Root/ Thorny Amaranth

I searched it here and it comes up as Amaranthus Retroflexus L or another varietyÖ wikipedia says it can be eaten as a veggie.


https://identify.plantnet.org/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_retroflexus

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Original post)

Sun Jul 25, 2021, 03:10 PM

44. Is this it?

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