Plant ID forum: Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 21, 2015 2:28 PM CST
Several of these have sprouted up in the vicinity of the bird feeder. Anyone know what it is? When I pulled it up, it was a little thorny on the edges of the leaves.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2015 2:37 PM CST
Not sure, it reminds me of a Lactuca weed that we get here.

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 21, 2015 2:46 PM CST
thanks, Lin--I think you nailed it! Hurray! Thank You!

Must have been in one of the bird seed mixtures I used.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2015 2:57 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. That was just a guess on my part cause it reminded me of the weed we see here at times. Green Grin!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 21, 2015 3:02 PM CST
It looks too prickly along the leaf margins for prickly lettuce. If you look at the underside of the midrib does it have spines like this?

http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/images/Prickly%20lettuce/p...

I'm leaning more towards a sow thistle, such as:

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/weeds/full.asp?sowthistle-leaf
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2015 3:11 PM CST
I think my database photos are mixed up, I have some pics at the entry for Spiny Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper) as well as some at the entry for Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) and they both look like the same plant.

*Blush* Now I need help figuring out which is the correct identification.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 21, 2015 3:35 PM CST
thanks, Sue. Just went out and checked and it does not have spines on the underside of the midrib! So a sow thistle? Thank You! Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2015 3:58 PM CST
I'm so glad @sooby Sue posted here because I did indeed have pictures in the L. serriola database that should have been in Sonchus asper so I've proposed to have them moved over.

Thanks Sue!
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