Plant ID forum: A Little Mystery

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Sep 25, 2015 5:31 PM CST
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This is one plant; the part on the left appears to be an offshoot from the larger part on the right. It is so small but I am wondering if it is some type of tree or shrub. I was beginning to clear this area for some bare roots I will be getting soon, when I found this. It is interesting enough that I didn't just pull it. I really like the leaf shape.

Any ideas what this might be?
Thank you very much for any help.
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jvdubb
Sep 26, 2015 5:12 AM CST
It reminds me of strawberry
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 26, 2015 8:22 AM CST

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Looks like a Potentilla, perhaps Potentilla norvegica:

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/rough-cinquefoi...

(look at the pictures under the "emerging plants" link)
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Sep 26, 2015 9:20 AM CST
It reminds me of Sanguisorba, rather like a cross between Sanguisorba armena and Sanguisorba minor.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Sanguisorba+minor&source=l...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Sanguisorba+armena&biw=144...
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Sep 26, 2015 9:46 AM CST
It also reminds me of Sanguisorba ..
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 26, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Like jvdubb, my first thought was Strawberry too, possibly wild strawberry. A photo here for comparison: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fragaria_virginiana_...
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Sep 28, 2015 6:36 AM CST
I hate to say it... But to me... It doesn't look like any of the guesses so far...
To me... Possible rose. Or other bramble... Like a raspberry or something...

Any thorns?

How bout some more pictures?
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Sep 28, 2015 3:54 PM CST
I tried replying earlier, but a user error occurred (clicking X on the wrong tab) and I didn't want to type it all out again. In the meantime I took a couple of pictures. What I found surprised me and now I am glad I didn't get that reply made.

I had forgot to mention the leaf size in my original post. The largest ones are 1/2 inch long.

Here are today's pictures.
Underside of the leaves
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The stem. Now this is what surprised me... I can see thorns/prickles. They are very soft because I still could not feel them when I rubbed my fingers along the stem.
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We now have a red raspberry bush, we got it this spring and it already bore fruit. Would any seeds from the berries germinate already? The undersides of the raspberry are almost white. I cannot remember their texture though. I am learning that in some cases seedlings often do not resemble the mature plant at all, so this could be a raspberry.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 28, 2015 4:33 PM CST
The leaves do remind me of Raspberry:
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Oct 15, 2015 9:37 AM CST
I still am trying to figure this out. I just looked at some seedlings of raspberries and these do not look the same. I tried another search for wild rose seedlings... and wading through all the ornamentals that came up Blinking ... I was not finding much. I found a Multi-flora rose seedling, but it looks off. One of my children just said, wait until it gets flowers. I guess if it is something nasty, I'd rather remove it sooner, rather than later.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Oct 15, 2015 10:42 AM CST
A photo of Sanguisorba armena for comparison ...

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