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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Is this a weed of plant?

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August 19, 2001
2:23 AM

Post #11119

I have this plant coming up in a back corner of our property is it just a weed?

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Park Hill, OK
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2001
3:14 AM

Post #112558

Looks like a japanese lantern. Sorry only know that name. the pods turn orange. Annual I believe.

August 19, 2001
4:37 AM

Post #112566

Well thats what I thought it looked like but I have never sown that type of seed and there isnt anyone living that close by. I didnt know if it was by bird or maybe some kind of native.

August 19, 2001
9:51 AM

Post #112592

Nicandra physalodes - Shoo Fly plant, has blue flowers before the pods form or possibly, Physalis alkekengi - Chinese or Japanese Lantern which has cream bell shaped flowers.
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2001
10:50 AM

Post #112603

I'd say those are the physalis. It's a perennial and an agressive spreader too. It could have been planted years ago. The nicandra is annual but one heck-of-a re-seeder. If allowed to set seed they come up all over.
Park Hill, OK
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2001
11:33 AM

Post #112608

I had a shoo-fly one year. Was a very happy fellow on the edge of my veggie garden so it got water and all. Thing was 5' by 5'. Fun plant!

August 19, 2001
12:07 PM

Post #112618

Thanks for the info all.


(Zone 10a)

August 21, 2001
4:40 AM

Post #113404

All weeds ARE plants. But not all plants are weeds! Depends on what angle you look at it ;o)
Spicewood, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2001
2:10 AM

Post #113901

Tomatillos (Physalis ixocarpa) probably, but because there are many members of the Physalis genus and some of them are poisonous to cattle and horses, I wouldn't eat yours unless you could get an in-person positive ID from a knowledgeable source.

I grow tomatillos every year, but haven't planted any since the first year I grew them. That leads me to believe that yours could have easily been planted by a bird.

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