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Offline Jakesnyder

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Plant id help
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:05:21 am »
Heres a couple common plant/weeds that grow in western pa. Can anyone tell me what they are? I'm still trying to learn what's in my area.

Offline Pat B

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 07:45:55 am »
The first one looks like dock(curly possibly) the second one could possibly be a milkweed. Break a leaf and if milky substance comes out then it is milkweed.
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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 01:00:29 pm »
Does dock have any good uses? Is it edible? The second one doesnt have any Milky substance coming out of it. Any other idea?

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 01:54:23 pm »
Jake, I'm going to say dock also, and the second photo looks like NewYork Ironweed. If it is it will get pretty tall and have a purple flower late in the yr, August early Sept. Bob

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 02:01:00 pm »
Do the leaves come off the stalk in a whirl, on the same plain or are they opposite or alternate? A pic from the side will show probably.
 I don't think it's NY ironweed. We have it here and it isn't the same.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 03:16:49 pm »
Pat, went back outside and your right not Ironweed, I have I believe the same plant as Jake . Long 6 x 1 inch entire leave very slightly toothed 3 parrell ribs also alternate and no stem and not clasped. My new guess,  Aster or possible one of the many goldenrods, Way to many aster and golden rods for my amateur plant mind. This one is going to bother me because I have this plant in abundance and know it but no flower at this time so drawing a blank. Sorry Jake for the highjack, Bob
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Offline Jakesnyder

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 02:24:22 am »
Anyone know uses for these 2? I'm going to do some tests with fibers from them to see the strength as far as cordage. I'm kind of trying to find some plant fibers that would be strong enough for a bow string. No yucca in these parts. Just trying to learn some of what was lost and forgotten from these parts.

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2019, 02:41:24 am »
The first looks like dock to me.
The second look like either goldenrod or marestail. A little hard to tell apart from pictures.
I don't know any uses but that doesn't mean there aren't any
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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2019, 02:55:31 am »
Jake, if you want a strong string try stinging nettles or dogbane , you can also eat the nettles but DO NOT EAT DOGBANE, Bob

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2019, 04:19:08 am »
Dock has medicinal uses as an antifungal wash. Without identifying the other it's hard to say.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2019, 07:59:39 am »
Seem to remember dock was used as greens by some folks, though not the best choice.  Supposedly similar to rhubarb, the roots have medicinal uses, and dye makng(yellow).  Related to sorrel.  I Need to get a better plant id book! 
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Offline Jakesnyder

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2019, 08:48:09 am »
Is this stinging nettle?

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2019, 09:58:10 am »
Jake, not stinging nettles, it is hard to ID plants from pics alone but my guess is Wild Lettuce or some type of Thistle. Bob

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2019, 10:19:55 am »
Bummer. I guess I need to get a book. Or find someone in my area that I can learn from

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Re: Plant id help
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2019, 11:40:23 am »
Iím fairly new to Maryland from Arizona and still trying to figure out all these eastern things here. Thereís an app called ĎPicture Thisí which is sometimes a good source for plant ID to me.  Itís best if thereís a flower, but for free itís worth a shot. Just snap a photo in the app and it will tell you what it thinks.  It might help you get closer to positive IDs.