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Weed identification

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:04 pm
by Jaxxs Herblover
I did my first weed walk today in my yard. The plants I could certainly identify were mugwort, violets and plantain. I saw many other plants I wasn't sure about. What amazes me is that I've never seen all of the poke that was growing along the back edge of our garden! I picked some of the berries to dry. I think it is a beautiful plant. My daughter found the ink in the berries very interesting because she loves making pictures. My mother has warned me about this plant that it is toxic. I also found some I believe asteraceae wild lettuce type. Wild looking plant! Anyone have experience with poke?

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:55 am
by Herbnut
Jaxxs Herblover wrote:I also found some I believe asteraceae wild lettuce type.



I do not know anything about poke, however I have researched some into wild lettuce, there are a few different plants under that name, I have been looking into "lactuca virosa" also known as "opium lettuce" https://duckduckgo.com/?q=lactuca+virosa&t=canonical&iax=1&ia=images
Is this anything like the wild lettuce your talking about?

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:09 pm
by Jaxxs Herblover
Yes. Some look like dandelion at first but theut leaves are more toothed. Is there a way to post pics here? I also have some woodland ragwort (senecio sylvaticus or senecio viscosis) I believe. It's growing around my central air unit. Very showy with many seed heads that are lobe shaped. Seems I have a lot of poisonous plants near me.

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:36 pm
by Herbnut
Jaxxs Herblover wrote:Yes. Some look like dandelion at first but theut leaves are more toothed. Is there a way to post pics here? I also have some woodland ragwort (senecio sylvaticus or senecio viscosis) I believe. It's growing around my central air unit. Very showy with many seed heads that are lobe shaped. Seems I have a lot of poisonous plants near me.


Not sure about here but you can use http://imgur.com/, then you can post a link. Was the wild lettuce prickly on the back "Spines"?

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:12 pm
by Jaxxs Herblover
Yes it was.

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:13 pm
by Lady Alinor
ONE of my favorite things about herbalism IS the identification of plants, I don't need to pick them, I just need to know WHO they are.

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:14 pm
by Herbnut
Lady Alinor wrote:ONE of my favorite things about herbalism IS the identification of plants, I don't need to pick them, I just need to know WHO they are.


I have a little point and shoot camera that I picked up from a yard sale for $5, its one of my favorite tools.

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:24 am
by Jaxxs Herblover
I know what you mean! I am often taking pictures of plants and I just want to know what they are. I dried some poke berries. While collecting them, at first I tried picking each berries and that was no good because they are so tender the juice went out. Then I decided to take the tops of the berry shoot and dry them all at once. It'd working out well. They will be dried and in their jar soon!

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:39 am
by NateFlory
There are some great resources online for identifying plants, and you could post them here perhaps as well for the other Wise Folks to help ID. :)

As for Poke, I have heard soe many arguments for/against it, but Susun Weed employs Poke Tincture as a rather potent ally sometimes.
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/M ... ewoman.htm

The ink is a lovely purple, but will dry and age over a few days to a brown ink, similar to "dark coffee stain". Each year we make a bottle of ink with my son, and it's always fun to turn all purple while we prepare it. Have fun! :D

This is my favorite online group to ID plants too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/623997204362467/

Re: Weed identification

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:06 pm
by Jaxxs Herblover
Thank you Nate! I read the historical archives that you had some comfrey growing! I like comfrey because it helped heal my ripped shoulder!