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Jun 29, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Benjamin E.
Mercer county, New Jersey, USA
I'm wondering what this is.

Found it on a walk the other day. There was a bunch of it around, it seemed to be in the low and wet areas. To the top of the picture is the entrance/exit of a culvert.
It almost looks like the stalk is in segments. The larger leaves have a dark arrow pattern on them. I didn't touch or sniff it, I'm not a big fan of doing that - Dunno if it might give me a rash, or spike me with those sharp hairs (if it has any, I can't see any though).

Tried searching for an hour and I gave up LOL.

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(Bonus points if you can identify that plant right behind it, the one with the complex leaf shapes)

-Ben
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Jun 29, 2015 9:56 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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I'll take a guess. The main plant is a type of Polygonum/Smartweed and the for the bonus points I'll guess Ragweed.
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Jun 29, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Name: Jay
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I agree, some type of Smartweed/Knotweed. Possible in the Persicaria genus. A lot of the Polygonums are a synonym of Persicaria but not all.
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Jun 29, 2015 10:47 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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The one in front reminds me of Persicaria maculosa: https://gobotany.newenglandwil...
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Jun 29, 2015 11:06 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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Color me greene, I also think smartweed and ragweed.
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Jun 29, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Thumbs up Rolling on the floor laughing Frank, you are so funny.

Guess the good news is that Sekreuz doesn't have these growing in his garden so he won't have to be eradicating these plants. Thumbs up
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Jun 29, 2015 1:57 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Not the best picture, but I had something simiar growing in my yard, I bought it at Lowes one year and it was labled "Dragon's Tongue". It grew really fast and as you can see had white little blooms. I had it for several years, and it was not invasive for me, but the soil in this area was clay-like and a little dry up next to the east side of the house. I have since tried to find the plant again but with no luck. I guess I could mail order, but didn't want to spend that much. Anyway, I think this could be the same plant you seen? I understand you all are saying it is invasive?




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Jun 29, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Here is a pic again, this time up against the house where you can see it better in relation to the other plants. I did have to cut it back regularly.
The sweat bees here loved it. I don't think it was fragrant.

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Jun 29, 2015 2:50 PM CST
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The smartweed in Sekreuz's picture is probably one of the native species which means, by definition, it can't be considered invasive. Many gardeners would, however, consider it to be a weed which is where the eradication comments are coming from I'd guess.
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Jun 29, 2015 3:00 PM CST
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Even though it is native, it can still be invasive in a garden where most things need to be contained to a smaller area.
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Jun 29, 2015 3:04 PM CST
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Gardeners commonly misuse the term that way, that's true. "Aggressive" would be a more accurate word.
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Jul 28, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Name: Benjamin E.
Mercer county, New Jersey, USA
Ahah, yes, it does look like smartweed! Smiling

Kent is right. Exactly what I thought. Invasive is very similar, yet still different than aggressive.
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Jul 28, 2015 3:49 PM CST
Name: Kabby
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@Frillylily Your plant is persicaria Red Dragon. It's extremely easy to pull up and also easy to root in water.
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Jul 28, 2015 4:03 PM CST
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