SOLVED: Parsley? or just some weed?

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

I have no Idea what this little plant is. It servives the frost & grows every where, like a weed. And it very well may be one. But ~ does any one have an idea?

Thanx, Joey
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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Some folks on another forum thinks that it looks like Parsley. If that's the case I could supply the whole east coast! :D
Another shot...
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Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

No parsley that I know of, but it almost looks from what I can see sort of like one of the Filipendula that I have. I am going out to see if, with this mild winter, any of mine is still green. I wouldn't be eating any of it just yet. Patti

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

leaves look like it could be a rannunculus

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Patti, I looked up the Filipendula & it doesn't seem to be any of those. It's a small plant. If I let it get out of hand it has gotten at least a foot tall. I haven't seen any blooms, even at a foot tall. So I'm clueless (which is quite normal!) :D
Levi, I will look up the rannunculus.

Joey

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Well, I have looked up rannunculus in PF & I don't think that is it either. I have the rannunculus all over my retaining wall & they really don't look anything alike. This is a pic of what is on my wall. (& this does have a yellow bloom & not a very good pic, either ~ sorry)

Joey
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Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

Could it be Queen Anne's lace?
http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/70005/

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

my guess, something native in the brassica department

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Sally, I went thru all of the brassica ( looking @ all) & alas ~ nothing. It has no tuber (corm?). It has a shallow root system.

gldandrews, I checked those as well & the leaves are not close to being similar.

I may need to take some better pix...

Joey

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Some of the leaves remind me of Potentilla, look at the bottom link with P anserina for growth habit too.

http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/image?query=%27potentilla+leaves%27

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

This site is for Newfoundland but there are a few pics of leaves of Potentilla there.

http://www.digitalnaturalhistory.com/genus_potentilla_index.htm#potentillaargentea



Katy, TX(Zone 8b)

That looks like the "weed" we get. Don't know the real name for it but is a wild form of either of the two low ground covers that puts out flower heads that contain lots of small flowers. (I don't think this is one of my better days, memorywise...)

Ann

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Wallaby, here is a pic of a stem with leaves...not qiute the same (?).
Ann, this plant is a weed here as well, but I thought I'd try to find out what it is. I thought that maybe it would have a useful purpose.

Joey
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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

This pic is a little closer...
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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

And another...hope this helps, cuz I'm confused. :-)
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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Joey - I never noticed the jagged edges of the leaves - almost venus fly-trappy, but not :)
Trying to figure it out as well.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I see, now it doesn't look like I thought. Is that a square stem? I don't think parsley either.

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Sharon, The Potentilla that was mentioned before is a vine & this is not a vine. The roots are small & the whole plant is easy to uproot. I just wonder, by finding fossils with the imprint of the leaves & stems, if it's not some ancient plant? Could that be possible ~ the Appalachian Range is old...

Joey

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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Sally, the stem is "square-ish".

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Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Is this closer to a type of Bittercress?

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring-Schaumkraut

http://www.s-weeds.net/familjer/papaverales/brassicaceae/cardimp.html

Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

feverfew?

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/f/feverf10-l.jpg

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Wallaby, it is closest to this one... http://www.s-weeds.net/familjer/papaverales/brassicaceae/cardimp.html
but seems to be a little different. But this is Very Close!

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

The similarity is there, but yes different. I have some weeds that tend to like wet soils that grow like that, I have been searching for wetland weeds but coming up with nothing positive. The fleshy stems indicate the need for wet soils.

Garland, TX(Zone 8a)

To me it looks like one of the "ragworts" (Senecio spp.). Perhaps a young "common ragwort" which tends to act like a biennial.

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/ragwort.htm

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Thanx Wallaby for the last 2 links...I do believe it's a native for sure. And the Bittercress is about the closest thin to it.

I think I'll leave this as unsolved for the time being.

Thank you all for tyring so hard! I appreciate it sooooo Much!

Joey

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Nifty, the roots aren't the same, but the leaves are somewhat similar. Thank you. :-)

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

I took a picture of the FILIPENDULA hexapetala Flore Plena, but looking at your later pictures it is certainly isn't it. It is nearly Jan and this plant is still green! Patti

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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Patti, It's the same way here, too. The weather has been so warm this month that all the plants are confused!
When I went out to take some more pix of my semi-unidentified plant I found this! sprouting!

Siberian Iris!

Joey

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

joey- maybe 'some cress' is as close as it'll get. leaves are sort of queen annes lace like, but with no tap root....yellow wood poppy was the only other thing possibly resembling it in my flower book.(never seen that personally) this probably doesn't have a great flower therefore not in a flower book.

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

sure is nicer than the weeds I am fighting. Looks like I planted rye grass and common clover in the flower beds. All pretty and green.

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

wallaby1, I love the Rutgers weed page you posted, no doubt I will have nightmares about weeds tonight or perhaps about sparrows and starlings. Oh, my ! Music2keep, in one picture the stem of your mystery plant looks square. Is it? Patti

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I was looking at that possible square stem too, but it's actually the middle of the very serrated /compound leaf, isn't it........so I'm not thinking mint anymore.

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Oh, rats, Sally. I was really hoping it was something I could use, like a mint.:(
Yes, Patti, they are squarish.

So do you all think that I should go ahead & mark this as "solved"? Since it's some sort of cress?

River ~ DH is from Hammond (LA) & is telling me that he knows how to get rid of the weeds at your house. I'm not so sure I should tell you....as he tends to be rather silly at times.

Joey

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

Squarish helps, but I would go do an elimination quiz for plants. It is kind of fun. This is a good one. http://www.realtimerendering.com/flowers/flowers.html I use to have a great wildflower book that was quite old that had the plants listed in the elimination format. It was for New York, but was great for New England. I lost it due to a broken pipe some years ago when 700 books (many of my treasured garden book collection) were destroyed by water and wet plaster. I have been gradually replacing them. Patti

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Patti, that is so sad about your books. Are they being hard to replace? Are they hard to find? I cannot imagine loosing 700! I think I would have to just sit down & cry! Thanx for the link ~ well ~ you know where I'll be all day! :D It's gonna be a rainy, dreary old day any way! Gee, this year has flown!

Joey

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Good link Patti, there is one for tree ID's too where you go through eliminating or rather selection processes, it seems to work. The Rutgers site I found by navigating through several links on links.

Oh gee, nigtmares about sparrows and starlings, I hope you had a good night's rest, weed free too! I had a funny nightmare about all sorts of silly things coming together, not too distressing, but I could piece together all the events by things that have been recently just part of normal every day events, mostly on the wrong side of what we want. I think the stress of the night's events got the brains survival awareness triggers working.

The plant's stems to me look like they are rounded on the outer side, flat on the inner face where they are all emerging from a central point and perhaps flattened by this. I grew some watercress years ago, it has a similar habit. I wonder if we could do an indepth search on cresses, it may lead to something if not a cress.


Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

I was a book dealer for more than 30 years and my DH had two major passions in his life, boats and books. I think I am now maybe # 5 on his list! Replaced by # 1, our DS, followed by #2, our 2 DDogs, then Books and boats then #5, me. At least I am still on his list! We both had large collections of rare and peculiar books. Some valuable and some just part of our family. We only lost the main floor and lower level of the house, so all the books upstairs are fine, but most of my garden books and a great many literary treasures were lost. My husband spent days sitting among the soggy piles recording the title, author, pub, edition etc so we could claim the correct insurance and have a list to know what was lost. However some of the books never made the list, as they where shoveled into dumpsters by the first crew to show up to help. They didnt realize that we needed to record them. We lost a huge number of our family photographs, all our tax records, my garden journals and most of our antique furniture which had to be restored. So it isn't the same and far less valuable. We lost some of the art on our walls, but the most important ones managed to be saved. We spent two years in litigation with the insurance company and couldn't live in our house for more than a year and they still manage to cheated us out of a some money. I feel so sorry for the Katrina victim's. We had enough money to repair our house while they disputed everything for nearly three years. We also had the money to hire a big gun lawyer to go after them. They just tried to make us settle for nothing after having paid them total replacement insurance for 20 years. That is what they have been doing down south. Criminal. I had no interest during this period in gardening as we didn't live here and the construction crew was parked all over the place. So it was a mess. But now it is past. I think I will try to find my lost wildflower book today by searching ADDALLBOOKS, which is the best search engine for OP books. Good luck with your weed (afraid so). Patti

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

bbrook...I know your feeling...we lost our entire house and EVERYTHING in it by fire 24 years ago. Some things are not replaceable.

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

levilyla, Fire is far more difficult. We could sort of see what was gone. You will never know what is really missing aside from the obvious, until you need it or want it. Such a sad thing for you. Kind of like my wildflower book, that I now remember is gone. I hadn't thought about that book in years and how I enjoyed using it until music2keep was trying to Id her plant. Now I want it back. On the lighter side, when I first saw the mess, I got a strange look on my face and my DH wanted to know what I was thinking. I remarked that I was sad, but that I was truly astounded that two sane people could have so much stuff (not the word I used)! Patti

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