Poisonous Plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Fairport, NY
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Question by ndohrn
May 10, 1999
I recently discovered an odd looking plant in my backyard ivy patch. It has 3 very large (approx. 4") green clover like leaves with a purple flower in the middle. It looked ominous to me -- like it might be poisonous. It flowered in mid-April, but now the flower has died, but the leaves are still alive. Do you know what this might be? Should I remove it?

Answer from NGA
May 10, 1999
You might have an innocent seedling weed or wildflower, or you might have something poisonous. Unfortunately, based on your description I'm not sure what plant you have there; since you don't recognize it, to be on the safe side you might take a sample to you County Extension (461-1000) for identification. That way you'll know for sure.

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