heart shaped plant

plantnut65June 21, 2013

over the years I have collected wild plants to go with my regular flower bed, but before I transplant them I want to know if there's a problem and the name and description of the plant, what the flowers looks like, and how big the plant will get. This a shade plant ,will it grown in semi-shade?
Thanks for any help identifying this little guy or girl.

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this little plant is also a shade plant, the dagger shape is only during the first month or so, then the point starts growing out and the handle pulls in giving the plant a normal looking leaf

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 5:17PM
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bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

first looks alot like viola - violet. the other looks like something i should know ; )

i have found the best place to post for identification is the name that plant forum (see link)

Here is a link that might be useful: link to name that plant at garden web

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:44PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

The top may be violet, the bottom looks like sheeps sorrel.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:14PM
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ACK. The bottom one is sorrel. Run far, far away. Run like the devil himself is on your tail. I'm currently INFESTED with it. Called it Devil Weed for years until I found out what it was. I've had all kinds of invasive plants and eradicated them. This stuff is the bane of my gardening existence, it will survive the apocalypse along with the cockroachs.
Then it flowers...and you have 10 quadrillion microscopic seeds.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 10:01AM
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nutmag4061 you are so right about what it is. The small plant is called sheep sorrel a herb that is centuries old, see http://essiacfacts.com/health-benefits-of-the-sheep-sorrel-herb/ I guess if you cultivate it and let it grow it suppose to get big lettuce like leaves that are used as a cure all for all kinds of stuff

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 9:54AM
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(AnnieDeighnaugh) and (bubbleoffplumb) thanks so much, still working on the heart shaped plant, have some new pictures of some I transplanted. Can wait to see how big they will get and for them to bloom. after googling both the names given by Annie Deighnaugh and following the picture files I'm sure

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 10:49AM
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bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

still pretty sure the heart shaped plant is viola- violet

you can also check google images ; )

Here is a link that might be useful: my flickr set - viola sororia

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:07AM
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Definitely one of the violet family. You will have to let it bloom to see which one it is. And beware as they can also become invasive.


    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 9:33PM
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currentriverdenny(7 semo)

Definitely violet and sorrel instead is killing the sorrel eat it as a salad green I have lots of violets here but they are not a problem for me! Violets are edible too! Many weeds to some are edible and delicious. I think eating the weeds is the best way to control an " infestation" if more people knew kudzu is edible perhaps the plague in the south could be controlled!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:15AM
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we have violets running wild at my house. luckily our 'yard' is ex pasture and not fancy schmancy sod. lol
i always feel like a jerk when i pull it up, but it can obviously take care of itself!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:24PM
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