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Florida Gardening: ID 2 plants please

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Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9197055

The green leaves with yellow berries are a bird favorite. Small white flowers drop then berries come in their place. Grows 4 feet tall. Spreads easily.

Pond plant is 5 ft. at this time. Couldn't get good pic of blossom so I'll try to describe. Thin arching stem. Blossoms are very small. White on bottom and purple on the top. Feel buzzy. Thats the best I can do.

Any help would be appreciated.

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High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 8, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9197855

Bonnie, I believe the pond plant is alligator flag, Thalia geniculata. It's a Florida native.
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 8, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9198270

You are so smart thats exactly what it is. I looked it up. Thanks a lot cause everyone keeps asking what it is and I didn't know and my son who gave it to me didn't know either.

Fridley, MN
(Zone 4b)

July 8, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #9198337

The first pic looks like Solanum / nightshade.
Most are poisonous although there are a few that can be cooked and eaten, when fully ripened.
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 9, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #9199367

Not so smart; we just bought some recently so I had a pretty good idea what it was!
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9199726

Hi China,
Tried to google it and found lots of pics but none of exactly what I have. Didn't realize there were so many species of Solanum/nightshade. Never heard of it actually. I will certainly keep my grandchildren and great grandchildren away from it just in case. It roots very easily and when I see a little one away from the main group I always pull it up and put in the garbage not my compost pile. Guess the birds or wind are dispersing the berries.
Thanks much.

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