Plant ID forum: Weed identification

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Sep 10, 2016 9:47 PM CST
I discovered a new-to-me weed in my hosta garden today... hope someone can tell me what it is!
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The plant is about 2 ft. tall. (the red berries in the background are on a jack-in-the-pulpit). Close-up of the weed
is shown below. Since I just noticed it... I assume it must have had flowers before the seed pods formed?

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jmorth
Sep 10, 2016 9:50 PM CST
physalis
aka Smooth Ground Cherry, Ground Cherry, and such
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Sep 10, 2016 9:52 PM CST
I agree With Physalis
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 10, 2016 9:54 PM CST
I agree -- maybe Virginia Ground Cherry? https://www.minnesotawildflowe...
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 10, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Physalis alkekengi Chinese Lantern plant?
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Sep 10, 2016 10:03 PM CST
There are seven species recorded in Minnesota.
Physalis grisea
Physalis heterophylla
Physalis longifolia
Physalis philadelphica
Physalis pubescens
Physalis pumila
Physalis virginiana
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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Sep 11, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Thank you very much, to everybody that answered my weed i.d. question. But now I have to decide if what I believe is physalis virginiana is a native wildflower or a potentially invasive weed! I think I will let the plant's fruit develop its full fall color and then remove them before any seed can fall to the ground. Now I have another weed I would like identified, if possible. This one is very similar to common motherwort, but much more prolific. Last year and especially this year it has spread to an unbelievable extent! I don't think it develops the really dangerous spines of the common motherwort, although it has the same formation of "flowers along the stem. Here is a photo of the leaf of each of them
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The leaf on the left is the horrendously invasive one, and on the right is common motherwort.
Leaf color not as dark as the photo.
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Sep 11, 2016 1:24 PM CST

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