Plant ID forum: Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei)

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM CST
A couple of patches are coming up in the front yard right now. The emerging shoots are stiff.



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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2012 1:47 PM CST
Tee: I wonder if it could be Persicaria of some sort?

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ATP database pic's: Knotweed (Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon')


http://www.google.com/search?q=persicaria+microcephala&hl=en...
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2012 2:02 PM CST
Thanks, Lin. I do have Persicaria around so that might be a possibility. These patches look like a seed pod or seed head dropped there and a bunch of the seeds germinated. The shoots/stems are not herbaceous though. They are stiff but not rigid. I can press them down without breaking and they spring back. That's about all I can tell at this point. I'm trying to decide what to do with these before the grass begins growing in earnest and these get too much bigger.
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2012 2:03 PM CST
Tee: Disregard my post ... looking closer the plant in question doesn't appear to be Persicaria. Your plant sure looks familiar ... I swear I had the same stuff or something very similar sprouting up in the lawn at my old house. I thought I had it ID'd but can't for the life of me remember the name. I've gone through all my photo's in my "weed" folder and can't find it. Grumbling It may have been in my plant photo's that I lost when my laptop crashed a year or so ago. Sad Hopefully someone will come along and recognize it but I will continue to rack my brain and try to remember the one I had ... may not even be close but it sure looks like it and I remember the new shoots being kind of stiff, not soft at all. I used to mow it down so I never saw any blooms.
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2012 2:10 PM CST
Thanks very much. Got to begin somewhere. I can't tell if it's a weed or something useful that I can transplant. Green Grin!
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2012 2:12 PM CST
I think you should dig and pot some of it in a container and see what you get. Green Grin!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2012 2:51 PM CST
I'll definitely do that if I can't ID it.
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2012 3:57 PM CST
OK, Lin, I think I've got it. It's Winter Creeper, I believe. I went out to look around and finally thought to look UP at the tall vine of it growing up one of the maple trees. So it has dropped its seeds from on high and that's where they are coming from. They form a thicket first and some will vine if they can find something to attach to like the tree. Mystery solved. Well, at least it isn't kudzu. Shrug!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Aha! That's it ... Euonymus! http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Euonymus/

Looks a lot like E. coloratus: http://www.google.com/search?q=Euonymus+coloratus&hl=en&prmd...
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 2, 2012 4:48 PM CST
Any chance it could be an amaranthus?

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JRsbugs
Feb 2, 2012 6:31 PM CST
Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus' certainly does match...

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/hortdatabase.as...

http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2545/purpleleaf...
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 3, 2012 3:27 AM CST
Thanks, Janet and Karen too. I do believe it's the Winter Creeper Euonymous. At first I thought it was going to be purple Barberry since I have a very large bush out there, but the leaves aren't right. I think the guilty party is the Euonymous. Green Grin!
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