Plant ID forum: ID this plant, possible weed.

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Name: Ang
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tikipod
Jun 9, 2012 8:59 AM CST
MahinaMama's neighbor would like the ID of this plant. She doesn't know what it is and it's driving her nuts. Mahina thinks it's a weed.

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 9, 2012 9:24 AM CST
It's very difficult to say without flowers, the growth habit reminds me of willowherb..

http://www.dalswildlifesite.com/thewillowherbs.htm
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jun 9, 2012 10:52 AM CST
I get this plant (or a look-alike) in my phlox patch. I'd be interested in knowing what it is as well. I do know that mine do not get pink flowers.
They're easy to pull, but a tiny piece of leftover root will start new plants.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Jun 9, 2012 11:13 AM CST

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Mare's Tail (Conyza canadensis)

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=COCA5

She'll want to pull it before it goes to seed (won't be long now by the looks of it) or she'll be dealing with a lot more of them next year.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 9, 2012 11:39 AM CST
I have some of that stuff in my garden but it's not big and robust like this plant! I'm finding plenty of photos which do look the same, but the one I know is much more flimsy like the photos on this link.. in fact, today I noticed several young plants about the size of the one in the top right ..

http://www.uvm.edu/~hortclub/hortclubweb/weeds/Conyza%20cana...

chelle, are you talking about the mare's tail Equisetum arvense which has a ferny growth and roots which go down the the centre of the earth? Hilarious! I don't think this plant does that, I used to have it but lucky in my garden I have now there's none.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=257

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chelle
Jun 9, 2012 12:02 PM CST
No, mine's not ferny. It's just like the photo in the first post, and in Kent's link. It's just a tallish, leafy nothing-to-speak-of plant. It fools me until it's bigger because until the top gets that droopy-plumey look, it sort of resembles perennial phlox leaves.

Roots on this plant are mostly close to the surface, but break off easily. It's difficult to eradicate without digging up and re-setting the phlox. Even then the roots of the phlox have to be washed enough to check for little pieces of Mare's Tail roots. Ugh!

Thanks for the ID, Kent! Thumbs up
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Jun 9, 2012 1:02 PM CST

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I've seen Mare's Tail reach over ten feet tall with stems that were nearly an inch in diameter. It's usually much smaller, but it can be a pretty beefy plant.

It grows best with a lot sun and heat, on a 90 degree day in early summer it can be noticeably bigger in the evening than it was in the morning. Perhaps that is why it is smaller for you in the UK, Janet?
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 9, 2012 1:15 PM CST
KentPfeiffer said:It grows best with a lot sun and heat, on a 90 degree day in early summer it can be noticeably bigger in the evening than it was in the morning. Perhaps that is why it is smaller for you in the UK, Janet?


Oh ho ho ho ho, as we repeatedly get days like nightfall, dull as you could imagine with wind and rain, and repeatedly days of maximum 13C such as today which is actually quite mild compared to what we have had, then yes, the poor plant is stunted! Rolling on the floor laughing This year we have had two noticeably warm spells, a few days in late March and a few in late May, with SUN and a little over 20C!! Heaven! It's not always like this, only 90% of the time. Thumbs down

Name: Ang
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tikipod
Jun 9, 2012 2:09 PM CST
Thank you :)
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Kathleen
Jun 9, 2012 3:47 PM CST
to me it looks more like evening primrose (Oenothera) that hasn't bloomed

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jun 9, 2012 4:23 PM CST
My first thought was Conyza canadensis, same as Kent.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 11, 2012 10:02 AM CST
Me, too. Got that stuff all over here.
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