Plant ID forum: Wild plant ID

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Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Apr 3, 2018 7:59 PM CST
I've been seeing this for quite a while. I still haven't found out what species this is. It grows quite rampant and large in shady areas, so I assume it grows well in shade. The location of these photos were in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Zone 7b. Any and all help is appreciated.




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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Its a wild Geranium, common name is Cranesbill.
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Name: greene
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greene
Apr 3, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Yep, that's what I have been ripping up for the past 3 weeks. I gotta get it all out before it makes seeds!!
Mine is this one:

When the seeds are ripe they fling themselves hither and yon and make lots of new plants...that are weeds in my yard.
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porkpal
Apr 3, 2018 8:43 PM CST
But it smells nice.
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purpleinopp
Apr 4, 2018 8:21 AM CST
They pull up so easily. I let them get pretty big before pulling, more material to compost that way. Probably more long-lasting in Z7b, but will disappear as soon as the heat gets real here, if left to its' own devices.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 4, 2018 8:22 AM CST
Are you sure that is the same plant, Greene?
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Apr 4, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Wild geranium is quite good as a medicinal plant, of course in moderation.

"Wild Geranium is valued as a useful astringent and hemostatic. The roots contain large amounts of tannin, which is a bitter-tasting polyphenol produced by the plant. Polyphenols bind and precipitate proteins explaining its properties as both an astringent and styptic. When applied topically, an astringent binds to the mucous membrane causing it to constrict or shrink. This process serves the dual purpose of both protecting the area to which it was applied and promoting healing. A hemostatic is any agent that stops bleeding through mild coagulation of skin proteins.

Early Native Americans recognized the value of Wild Geranium and used it as an ingredient in many medicinal treatments. Chippewa Indians used dried, powdered rhizomes mixed with grape juice as a mouthwash for children with thrush. A poultice from the base or pounded roots of the plant was used to treat burns and hemorrhoids. The leaves and roots were used to treat sore throats, hemorrhages, gonorrhea, and cholera. Like many other tannin-containing substances, Native Americans also used Wild Geranium as an anti-diarrhea treatment. A plant- infused tea was made to achieve this purpose, though some sources say the tea could have had the opposite effect, causing constipation." (Meaning take it sparingly) from an article at St. Olaf College in MN.
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 4, 2018 11:02 AM CST
I leave them alone here & let them do their thing. I think they're pretty & as purpleinopp said, once the real heat gets here, they're gone. Meanwhile, I consider them harmless & early insects can forage on them.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 4, 2018 3:42 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said: I consider them harmless & early insects can forage on them.


And...
It gives the rabbits something else to munch on...
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purpleinopp
Apr 4, 2018 4:25 PM CST
St. Olaf is a real place?! I had no idea whenever I was watching Golden Girls!
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Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Apr 4, 2018 9:13 PM CST
DaisyI said:Its a wild Geranium, common name is Cranesbill.


Thanks you for your response.
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Apr 4, 2018 9:14 PM CST
greene said:Yep, that's what I have been ripping up for the past 3 weeks. I gotta get it all out before it makes seeds!!
Mine is this one:

When the seeds are ripe they fling themselves hither and yon and make lots of new plants...that are weeds in my yard.


Thanks you for your response, and giving the exact species!
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Apr 4, 2018 9:17 PM CST
purpleinopp said:They pull up so easily. I let them get pretty big before pulling, more material to compost that way. Probably more long-lasting in Z7b, but will disappear as soon as the heat gets real here, if left to its' own devices.


Thanks for the additional information. Quite strange how they live. Growing in spring, and dying back in summer. If I'm correct, I've also seen them growing in fall too.
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Apr 4, 2018 9:19 PM CST
stone said:

And...
It gives the rabbits something else to munch on...


Ha! Suppose the wild rabbits where I live will enjoy these. Especially with how plentiful they are.
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greene
Apr 4, 2018 9:51 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Are you sure that is the same plant, Greene?


Pretty sure. The picture above shows the seed pods before they are fully developed. Here is a picture showing both stages.


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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Aha! TY. I don't think I've let one get to that stage before.
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Name: greene
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greene
Apr 5, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Wow, thanks for the acorns! Hurray!

I actually grew this plant on purpose just so I could get the photos to add to the database. Then I moved to a different house 8 miles away and the new property is...well, there are lots of these plants and I am getting plenty of exercise to remove them - hopefully, before they make seeds.
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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2018 8:09 AM CST
My pleasure. ;) If you have a string trimmer, you could zap them if you don't have time to pull, but you probably already know that. Isn't it shocking how fast they grow?
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