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Can someone identify please. hoping it is giant plantain

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by Sterant, May 17, 2019 at 9:46 AM.

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  1. Sterant

    Sterant Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I found a huge growth of this on the steep sides of a creek bed. Lots of it. Giant Plantain??

    My boot for scale.
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    Maybe some kind of hosta?

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    Sterant Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    The more and more I look at Giant Plantain pictures, the less hopeful I become that it is plantain. It does have a hosta look to it. It's big, thats for sure.
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    You'll know for sure when it puts out a seed spike. But it sure looks like plantain to me. Here's a picture off the web:
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    Thanks @Yvonne G . Would I expect those seed spikes later in the summer? trying to remember when they form in my yard with the normal plantain.
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    It just looks too big to be a plantain. Ive seen large ones, but not that large. Are there others nearby....we have similar large broadleaf plants that pop up like that here early in spring in marshy/boggy areas.
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    I don’t think it’s plantain... but I don’t know what it is sorry
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    It does look like plantain,it is plantain major!

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    Plantain easy to identify the veins on the leaf will b straight up and down
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    PlantSnap ID's it as skunk cabbage, which is toxic to pets. Other possibilities are all some kind of hosta.
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    I second the skunk cabbage per google images
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    Not plantain.

    I grow plantain that gets that big and bigger. Got the seeds form @Carol S a few years ago. I feed it to all of mine all spring and summer. It goes to seed every year and new ones pop up all over the place, much to my delight. :)
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    Not plantain as the veins in the leaf are running from the center leaf line. But it’s pretty!
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    Albany NY and creekside and plentiful = skunk cabbage
    High in oxalates like most members of the arum family.

    Crush a few leaves and smell to be sure. Symplocarpus are called skunk cabbage for a reason.

    You can eat the new leaves if you cook and rinse, same as pokeweed greens. I would not feed to tortoise, the oxalate crystals in the raw leaves are a strong irritant.
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    Looks like skunk cabbage- toxic
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    Defenitly not plantains
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    I think it’s a hasta. Is it growing in the shade?
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