Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weed identification - the answers

Thank you to the many folks who helped identify the following seven plants.

Ragweed. I did my neighbors with allergies a favor and pulled it.

Perhaps a type of mustard or shepherds purse, but as Molly wrote, "Anything that flowers that fast is suspect." Math and Tamara think it's field pennycress. I pulled it, but oddly, before ID'ing it, I bought a pennycress plant from a farmer's market herb stall. Unsure, I pulled it.

Yarrow, an insect attractor, tends to be on permaculture lists of "good plants." I did get one warning that it spreads and is hard to get rid of once it's established. I decided to leave it.

ID'd as pigweed or redroot, amaranthus. Most people thought it was edible, though one said no. I pulled it. 

Zinnia - an annual flower from seed I threw in with the clover just to see what would happen. The largest of these plants have a flower starting, I left it.

Purslain - edible and delicious according to most people. I left it.

This domestic number is fast outgrowing my patience. I'm going to hack it back this weekend.


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  2. While annoying to allergy sufferers, ragweed actually plays a valuable role in ecology. Bees commonly visit the male flowers to gather the energy-rich pollen for part of their winter food source. Many insects feed on ragweed and many small seed-eating birds will feed on the oil-rich seeds.

    Btw, don’t mistake golden rod for the ragweed above. (Many folks make this mistake.). Unlike ragweed, goldenrod is not wind pollinated and so poses no issues for allergy sufferers.