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Several Plant IDs

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by mikels, Jul 27, 2019.

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  1. mikels

    mikels New Member

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    I wanted to check on a few weeds around here, if anyone recognizes them. Also, I'd like to confirm that one of them is curly dock and another is creeping Charlie - I understand both are to be avoided. Will tortoises avoid the creeping charlie naturally? Pictured is a honeysuckle variety - is it safe? There is another honeysuckle I see occasionally with more of a lobed oak leaf form. There is a blackberry leaf here too, is it too spiny underneath or otherwise inedible? 20190727_173816.jpg 20190727_174024.jpg 20190727_174236.jpg 20190727_173916.jpg 20190727_174134.jpg

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    Thanks in advance,
    Mike
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    [I found some flowers on one of the weeds in the post above, if that could help with an I'D. I also found another weed in the yard and added a wide blade of grass for scale. Please let us know if any of the weeds posted are edible.

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    Hi Mikels!

    You’ve got too many plants in most of these photos for me to identify. I’ll try, you may need to come back with pictures of a single plant only.

    The first one looks like ground ivy; I’m not sure. Can’t say if a tortoise knows to avoid it.

    In the second photo, do you mean the plant with the larger leaves and tall flower/seed stalks? It’s dock.

    Third photo, too much going on to say.

    Fourth, if it’s a berry, it’s fine.

    Fifth, a grass I don’t know but imagine someone else will.

    Sixth, it’s been mowed so hard to say, although I (again!) see some clover in there.
    Fourth photo, also too much to say, although I think I see some kind of regular clover down low.

    Seventh, photo, wow, a lot going on again; I’ll try.

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    In red is horseweed, inedible and eventually monstrous, pull it!; blue is some kind of hop or burr clover; yellow is oxalis; fourth looks like a chrysanthemum to me.

    Eighth, more of the hop or burr clover; maybe sweet clover, let it grow out so we can see!

    Ninth is a lonicera honeysuckle, safe. There are many plants named honeysuckles from entirely different plant families, so you’ll have to ask about each, I’m afraid.
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    Thank you so much for the IDs and advice. I know that was a lot of photos to post at once. I see now that I should have found a way to show one plant at a time and add scale. I will do so for a few and post soon. Btw, the 3rd pic was a mistake, I think they are both milkweeds.

    I'm glad to know the berry and honeysuckle are good to use, loads of both here and HS holds some leaves through winter.

    For now, here is the little plant from the 8th pic. I'll try to let some grow up. Also, see below a grass and 3 weeds that should be more clear as subjects. Someone told me one of the grass is an invasive from Tibet. Are most grasses edible?

    Thanks again!
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    Those are great milkweeds! Are they native?

    I think the little one is a lesser trefoil/hop clover. Let it grow and you should see small, roundish flowers.

    I think you last may be cowslip or another common primrose. Tortoise Table says no due a potential irritant; I find their warning a little weak in this case but of course it’s your call; a few others feed them. They are bitter so might not be eaten anyway, Cowslips have yellow flowers...once they stop getting moved over. :)
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