Monday, May 14, 2012

Mystery Weed

What weed is this?



It is found growing beneath trees in my area, and along disturbed roadsides.  The yellow colors in the picture are not flowers or part of the plant color, it's just the backlit sunlight.

If anyone knows this plant's identification, I'd love to know!  At this time, they are just under two feet tall in height and seem to grow together in groups.  Our location is southwest Florida.


10 comments:

pilgrimscottage said...

I wished I knew because, we have them here, too. Before moving to Grenada, we lived in southwest Florida. I miss the Naples area. If I find out about the weed, will let you know.

dragonjaze said...

ragweed?

Robbyn said...

Pilgrim, as soon as I find out, I'll let you know :)

Dragon, I looked online and compared the leaf shapes and thankfully it's not ragweed, but thanks for trying to help me pin it down!

dragonjaze said...

Horse Nettle? Does it have little spines?

dragonjaze said...

Here, try my favorite weed ID site:
http://weedid.missouri.edu/index.cfm

also this is good if you have an idea of the name:
plants.usda.gov/java/

tina f. said...

some sort of wild lettuce?

tina f. said...

The closest thing I could find was wild arugula. The pictures look very similar but it's hard to tell for certain.

Eve said...

Hi! Well, if you find out I'd like to know...I get something like this growing all over. It looks like HUGE dandilons, without the flower. But they pull up real easy out of the woods. Your blog looks like a place I should visit more often. I came looking about the Okra chips you tried but alas....the okra...what was it num chucks or stars hahaha...that didn't sound too good!
Anyway, I'll be back. Love all your quotes...some great people there!

Shreela said...

If you do facebook, Merriwether is pretty good with ID'ing, and your zone is close to mine and Merriwether's:
facebook.com/pages/Merriwethers-Foraging-Texas/

Anonymous said...

I'm almost certain it's arugula. Take some to your local grocer or health food store and ask. Arugula has a nutty smell, and you can smell it by picking a leaf or two.

If it's arugula, consider yourself lucky to have that wonderful salad plant to eat.

I planted a few in my vegetable garden one season, and I let them go to seed (the stems get dry, and you'll find seed pods on them). The following season, the few became a small field, and they grew so abundantly, I couldn't eat enough of them. I'd just reach down and grab a handful of leaves from among the abundance. After those all dried up, I pulled many of the dried stems out, but this season, many are sprouting up again.