Plant ID forum: Plant growing in my lawn

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 25, 2016 6:38 PM CST
No idea what this is?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 25, 2016 6:43 PM CST
It reminds me of Rumex of some sort: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Rumex&button=
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kniphofia
Mar 25, 2016 11:42 PM CST
I'd say Rumex obtusifolius, a common lawn weed. They are very handsome plants though!
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JRsbugs
Mar 26, 2016 5:47 AM CST
Check the leaf venation of Rumex obtusifolius ..

http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Rumex+...

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/rumex/obtusifoli...

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+000...

Now check the leaf venation of Rumex orbiculatus (which is a synonym of Rumex britannica ) ..

http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Rumex+...

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-26000118

Given the misinformation on the internet, and variability of some plants, I wouldn't assign a definite name to it.





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Frillylily
Mar 29, 2016 10:25 AM CST
these things have a long taproot kind of like dandelions do and I have yet to kill one i think w/o roundup and probably multiple applications. You can't pull them, they just break off and then they grow back. Very robust. I kind of hate them. Sticking tongue out I just use a paint brush and apply the roundup right to the leaves that way it doesn't get anywhere I don't want it.
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bonitin
Mar 29, 2016 11:16 AM CST
I would think twice before using Roundup,
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/0...
http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-poison-125-times...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herb...

The total prohibition of Roundup is in progress in the European Union and is expected soon
France has not waited and banned it already.
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Frillylily
Mar 29, 2016 11:38 AM CST
I am quite aware of the evils of roundup. I see nothing wrong w the average homeowner painting it on a weed here and there. Spraying thousands of acres of food however is another matter. Thankfully I don't live in France so I don't have to worry about it as yet. I have no intentions of highjacking this thread, I was only letting Keith know how I deal with the specific plant that he asked about, nothing more. Thumbs up
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sallysmom
Mar 29, 2016 12:33 PM CST
We have had pretty good luck digging them up when we see them. Make sure to get the taproot.
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Frillylily
Mar 29, 2016 12:45 PM CST
oh, well I guess I should explain a little, digging them will work (although the tap root can go down a long ways) if they are accessible where you can dig. I use roundup on mine because they grow up under my roses Grumbling and I am afraid of damaging the roots of my bush, plus I can't get in there without getting thorned ... So I just lay on the ground kind of and paint the roundup on, that way they die in place and I don't disturb the other plants. I don't notice these in my lawn so I assume that mowing them over and over eventually causes them to die off. I assume they mature and make seed, but I never let that happen, I hope to eventually be rid of them altogether.
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JRsbugs
Mar 29, 2016 12:54 PM CST
When I first tried to make my 'meadow grass lawn' into a 'neat lawn' after moving in, I used a weed killer which had a spray nozzle on broad leaf 'weeds'. It wasn't Roundup, and I thought spot spraying would be OK. Rain followed, the leaves were still green and water stood on the leaves. I saw a Goldfinch (ours are different to those in the US) drinking water off the leaf. I resolved never again to use weedkiller.

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