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SOLVED: What's this weed's name?

Here in the mountains, we have a lot of this weed. Does anyone know its name?


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Greenfield, IN(Zone 5b)

Hey Dave, I have a little bit of that too, but I have no clue as to what it is! Julie

I used to call it an umbrella plant when I was a hid. They are really neat plants that.

A single stem with 2 leaves per plant. Directly between the two leaf nodes a flower will appear, leaving behind a big seed pod. This is a fun plant.


Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

That helps. Mayapple ~ Podophyllum peltatum?

Ahhhhh!! Poppysue you're a gem. Of course it's the mayapple. I don't know how I had forgotten that.

Well done!


Added it to the plants db. :)


Dutton, AL(Zone 7a)

Its MayApple not a weed. It blooms, white I think, and it bears fruit. You can eat the fruit, but rest is poison.


Hi Fern: I guess whether its a weed or not depends on your point of view and where you live. :) Here in East Tennessee it is most certainly a weed.


Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

About the fruit - don't eat it until the blackberries are ready or it can give you problems. I think mayapple is probably pretty much a weed everywhere, but some people like weeds, after a fashion...

Dutton, AL(Zone 7a)

Oh okay, but I think it is a nice weed. :)


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MD &, VA(Zone 7b)

"A weed is a plant out of place!" ;0

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Oh, Patty - now you're talkin! My parents live in rural Nebraska (is that redundant?) and they go morel hunting every year. (Yes, they know what to look for, and they're very careful.) I have such good childhood memories of going to my grandparents and having a huge feast on fresh, fried morels.

Jody, I've heard that definition before, but I'm not so sure - a weed may be a plant out of place, but I also define it as a plant that will stubbornly grow in the "wrong" spot despite my best efforts to eradicate it. Unlike mere plants may or may not grow where they are planted. So I think that definition is a little too kindly, at least for the weeds I encounter, LOL!

Florence, KY(Zone 6a)

We have them growing in my yard here in Kentucky as well. They are considered a wildflower in most desciptions of the plant. (I guess it's a weed if it's growing someplace you rather it didn't grow and you can't get rid of it). I've found it listed under many arboretum plant lists and it shows up in many lists of spring blooming wildflowers. It is known both as Umbrella plant and Mayapple.

Hey...Mayapple is a treasured spring wildflower in New England woods...not common at all. It blooms with the trilliums and violets. Doesn't it have some sort of magic
associated with it?

Boonville, MO(Zone 5a)

"A weed is a plant out of place!"

Yes Jody, that's what I told a lady over at my house the other day when I asked her to identify some of my plants for me and she called a couple of them weeds. Funny, another lady that was over looked at what I had pulled up at the library from the cracks at the base of the building. I thought it was tiny morning glories but she said it was just bindweed and was a nuisance. Well, I was looking up morning glory in my encyclopedia and one of it's names are bindweed! Unfortunately it did not take root and died and the library pulled it all up but that's ok, I have some seeds. It is just fun to find something that is considered a weed and find a perfect spot for it in your own garden.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Bindweed's a whole other ballgame, Angel. I have been battling it forever, it seems. It's perennial, unlike morning glory, and sends down a tap root up to 7' long. You can't just pull it...And if you chop it out, the pieces of root will, well, root and you'll have many more bindweed vines. It can really choke plants, too. It's pretty, I agree, but be *very* glad it didn't survive its transplant to your yard! :oD

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Boonville, MO(Zone 5a)

LOl, ok... I will just go visit it at the library then. Thanks for letting me know. I will stick with my regular morning glories.

Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

I've got morels and ramps!!!

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