help Id plant

squireletteAugust 6, 2009

I found a plant in the yard that I am not sure what it is. It has a flower like a thistle but orange, maybe a centaurea? It has elipitical opposing leaves. I took a pic but can't get it to load. Any ideas, I know that there are yellow centaurea but this is a definite orange. If I am sure it is hardy I would transplant it into the garden. I assume the birds brought in a seed.

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beverly_c

The plant could be orange hawkweed and it is considered a noxious weed. Here is a link to see a picture of it and other plants you do not want to encourage to grow in your yard.

Here is a link that might be useful: CNIPM

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 1:12AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I thought of orange hawkweed too, but it doesn't have elliptical opposite leaves. It has a basal rosette of elongated leaves.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 11:01AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I thought of hawkweed as well but she wouldn't have just one! Funny thing - there were some seeds in the Box of Seeds that was going around that i think were for hawkweed. No need to go through the trouble of planting it around here, that's for sure!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 11:16AM
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squirelette

It is not hawkweed, I transplanted it into the garden so I will hope it grows, if it came up and bloomed in the scree under the pine I hope it will bloom more in the garden and come back next year. I will take the seed if I get some and hope for the best all around. I am pretty sure it is some type of centaurea but what a color. If some one has an idea what it is I would love to hear so I can get it again if it doesn't survive.Thanks

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 11:18AM
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beegood_gw

That's odd cause I found a plant like that growing by the side of my house where it's never been before. Leave have almost spiny edges to them. Real weird.Brite orange turning to close to red as it ages.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 9:20PM
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squirelette

Sounds exactly right. The one I found was in the scree under the pine tree so is tiny but it looks like it might have tiny spines.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 12:07PM
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canadian_daisy

I know hawkweed was ruled out, but your description sure sounds like devil's paintbrush (Hieracium aurantiacum) also known as orange hawkweed which is a common wildflower here in Northeastern Ontario.

This link might help
http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Wildflowers_Kimonis_Kramer/PAGES/DEVILSPAINTBRUSH_PAGE_FINAL.html

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 8:41PM
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beegood_gw

No it for sure is not Devils paint brush. I DO have a picture but I think I could fly to the moon in a hot air balloon before I ever figured out how to post one. PS I'm old!!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 1:10PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

If you want to e-mail it to me I'd be happy to put it up for you beegood. sproast @ hotmail.com (leave out the spaces)

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 1:41PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Ok here it is from beegood's photos... it's very pretty, I've never seen anything like it around here.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 5:06PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

By the way if nobody here knows, I can post it on the Name that Plant forum. Some of the people there know everything, LOL.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 5:09PM
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squirelette

That is it. Mine is so small I can't see the spines. I am thinking it must be the thistle family now. At least I know the rabbit won't eat it if it gets bigger, bugger almost fell in the pond trying to get the watercress. I would really like to know what it is. Thanks

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 10:43AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Ok I'll post it on Name that Plant. I'm dying to know what it is too!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 11:59AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

It has been identified as SAFFLOWER. I wonder if they're putting it in birdseed mixes now? It's the only explanation I can think of.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 1:58PM
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beegood_gw

Well I'll be damned.!! Guess it must have come with the bird seed. Thank you so much for your help.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 2:14PM
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squirelette

Amazing, I knew it was in the bird seed but did not think about checking that. At least I know where to get more now. Thanks

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 3:02PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

And here I've just been growing volunteer sunflowers and millet... I guess I'm buying the wrong birdseed, LOL.

I wouldn't mind growing that as an ornamental. I never even knew what safflowers looked like.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 5:27PM
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beegood_gw

I never knew what they looked like either(obviously). Always for some reason thought they belonged to the sunflower family. I will try and save some seeds and if I get some will send you some.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 5:42PM
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squirelette

Should be able to get the seeds at a good birding store/site, they are supposed to be unappetizing to bigger birds- magpies, crows, etc. I will be checking at the local "widlife" shop. I always thought they were more like rice, or barley. Guess we'll all be trying them next year.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 6:01PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Cool, thanks Beegood!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 8:01PM
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