Pls help ID these weeds

LisaTurtle

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These weeds are growing in my yard (Seattle area) and I'm hoping someone can help me identify them. I'm hoping they can become dinner for Gary :)

Ok, here goes....

1) ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898387.288707.jpg I picked them off one of these ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898408.804877.jpg

2) I'm thinking this could be plantain? ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898702.027209.jpg I couldn't get a good pic of the plant because they are small and growing mixed in tightly with the dandelions so I just picked a few leaves.

3) and then there's this cluster ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898576.810614.jpg I'm curious about the tall leafy stuff. These tiny flowers are sprouting off the top ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898639.592067.jpg

4) This thing sprouted up big in my front garden. I didn't plant this so I'm guessing it's a weed...? ImageUploadedByTortForum1382898905.847470.jpg

Thanks in advance for your help!
Lisa
 

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I wish I could help with all your plant IDs. However, I can confirm that #2 is plantain unless there are look-alike imposters.
 

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pfara said:
I wish I could help with all your plant IDs. However, I can confirm that #2 is plantain unless there are look-alike imposters.

Great thanks!! I thought it was too but wanted a second opinion. I didn't know plantain grew here till just recently so im excited its in my yard!!
 

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Yeah, it can get out of hand if you let it go to seed. But that's a good thing if you have torts :D
 

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Does anyone know what #1 is? I have LOTS of this growing in my backyard
 

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So yes, #1 is dock. If my outside torts eat it, I'm not too worried. They never finish the plant off and they get a huge variety outside. #2 is broadleaf plantain. Karen, my patient wife, had some in a flower bed. She liked the foliage, so she let it go…it went to seed, and the following year the bed was full of it. She was somewhat incredulous when I purchased 1/2 lb. of seed to plant for my torts in their yards. The other two I've no idea, but have it growing as well. None of mine pay attention to it so I don't offer it as food for the house torts. Sorry not to have gotten back to you sooner.
 

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I'm pretty sure #3 with the little yellow flowers is cowthistle. If so, both the leaves and flowers are fine, and my torts love it.
 

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That's so much for your help guys! I'm definitely going to try and get more plantain growing now that I know what it is and my tort loves it. I will see what he thinks of the cow thistle too. I just have one tall one growing. I don't think I will offer the dock. Thanks again!
 
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