weed or last year's treasure?

lennon2May 7, 2012

Last year we didn't recognize the shasta daisies and yanked them. In our perennial bed, two of these came up this year. Both are wilting in the afternoon sun of a warm spring day in southern New England. I don't remember... weed or not?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

This one is a weed. Yank it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 7:06PM
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lennon2

Thanks, Jean001a. Will do.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 6:24AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

lennon2 - I would wait to see the flowers. I am not as certain as Jean001a that it is a weed. Time will soon tell, then you can pull it if it's not something you want.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 7:10AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

It reminds me of Stokesia although it's been a while since I had one of those.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 10:57AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

It's one of the plantains. A weed.

See this http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7478.html

Here is a link that might be useful: weedy plantains at UCD

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 10:24PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

A lot of plants look like that until they start to make flowers. OP is in New England, so the info from a college in CA might not be pertinent. The USDA plants database has about 50 different Plantagos, and the link says there are about 250 worldwide. Some introduced, some native, some are butterfly host plants. A lot of undesirable weeds have pretty cool flowers and as long as you remove them before they drop seeds, there is often no reason to remove them until you enjoy their flowers. Plantain wouldn't be one of those, but I'm not sure that's what it is. Especially if it's wilting in a flower bed. No self-respecting weed does that.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 11:03AM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Plantago lanceolata. A weed even if it grows on barren ground. A weed even if they find it growing at the bottom of a dark crater on the moon's south pole.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 3:44PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Plantago lanceolata distribution -- see the map
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PLLA

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA Plants

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 1:03AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It could be Plantago lanceolata but I'm still not convinced. It appears to be hairy which P lanceolata, at least the variety I see, is not, although I believe it is variable. What is the great hurry? Couldn't it be watched a little longer just to see what the flowers are like? The OP has already stated they yanked gardenworthy plants last year.

More urgent to my mind would be the forest of hairy bittercress all around the mystery plant which is already shooting seeds in every direction. And what appears to be a sow thistle to the right which could well be letting off seeds pretty soon.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 10:17AM
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