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What do I have?

Posted by jkb_cal Zone 10 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 25, 07 at 13:34

Last October I purchased a "Roadside Mix" seed mix from and planted them along with another seed mix in my back yard hillside at that time. I've been watering the hillside consistently since then, and now I have lots of green. The problem is since I'm not very fluent in identifying plant types (newbie), I don't know what I have right now! I do know I have a few lupines blooming right now, along with a few sunflowers (I don't have a clue how they got there, birds?!?), but the area seems to be overwhelmed with a certain plant type that I cannot identify (mustard plant, maybe).

To help identify what's going on in my area, I've put a few links to pictures I've taken today in this message: (just happen to like this pic)

Based on my ignorance in what's going on, could someone help me with the following?

1) Based on the pictures, what plant types are growing in my back yard?
2) Should I be "weeding out" any plant types or just leave this alone?
3) How often should I be watering this area right now and in the future (spring, summer, fall)?
4) Will there be any popppies growing out of this huge mass of plant life?

Since the pictures, more lupine have been showing up...

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: What do I have?

Hard to tell what is what, to identify a plant you need to be able to see the stem and leaves as well as flowers.

Do you have a list of what plants were in the mixes? Check the web for pictures of those plants so you can tell them apart from any weeds that may have come in on their own

Suggest you buy a good field guide to the plants of California and identify the various plants you have growing. The guide should tell which are non native and you can weed those out.

See below for a link to a good site for seeing pictures of plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants Database

RE: What do I have?

Thank you for the link and input!

I've identified a few of the plants already (a few were actually from the mixes!) and I've googled one type that I have in abundance (but was not part of the purchased mix). There's one in particular that I can't identify.

I swapped the following picture:

with a closeup of the plant I'm trying to identify. If anyone can tell me what this is, I would be very happy. I'm getting a LOT of this plant!

RE: What do I have?

The closeup is Medicago sp. M. polymorpha, bur-clover is a rampant wildland weed. M. lupulina infests lawns.

RE: What do I have?

> The closeup is Medicago sp. M. polymorpha, bur-clover is a rampant wildland weed. M. lupulina infests lawns.

OK, thank you for the ID!

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