Plant ID forum: Need plant/weed identification

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Name: Nancy
Powell, OH (Zone 5b)
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miniskier
Sep 28, 2020 10:06 PM CST
These tall plants, 5-6 feet or so, are growing in my neighbor's patio. We think they are weeds but they're so pretty that we might like to spray them with metallic paint for the holidays. Does anyone know what they are? If they're really a valuable plant, we don't want to disturb them.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 28, 2020 10:31 PM CST
It looks like Horseweed. Metallic spray is a great idea.
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Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Sep 29, 2020 5:05 AM CST
These pop up all over the place. Super invasive i think...
Name: Nancy
Powell, OH (Zone 5b)
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miniskier
Sep 29, 2020 4:04 PM CST
DaisyI said:It looks like Horseweed. Metallic spray is a great idea.


Thank You! I always have a few of these in my garden but have never seen one at maturity. I just pull them up before they grow to this size so didn't recognize it. If the metallic paint works, I might let one or two grow next year.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Sep 29, 2020 4:38 PM CST
I agree, it looks like Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)


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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Sep 29, 2020 6:05 PM CST
Pick it right away, so you can dry it and spray it. The longer you wait, the more fluff will be lost. The plant will continue to "fluff out" after you cut it. The optimal time to pick it is actually past, but it will still look great. Thumbs up
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 29, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Please post photos. I want to see te end result of this project.

My mother used to scout the yard every night for Salsify flowers that had bloomed that day. She'd go out first thing in the morning, a can of hairspray in hand, and spray the heck out of the puff-balls. After the hairspray dried, she would pick and dry the stem to use in flower arranging. Maybe you should hairspray the flower part before you pick them to keep the fluff from fluffing away.
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Sep 29, 2020 7:36 PM CST
Maybe you should hairspray the flower part before you pick them to keep the fluff from fluffing away.

Maybe you should. I was afraid the spray would hold moisture in the plant. But if you just do the fluff part....

Myself, I haven't done it, so I don't know. Shrug!

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