What are these plants?

by Ivory Soap

curly dock maybeCurly Dock?

horsefly weed

I have tried several avenues on this one.  All dead ends!

This next one is huge!  There are two pictures.

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Lastly, this onepictures 163Thoughts?


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katrina August 6, 2015 at 6:25 am

the big one is poke weed, tha last one is a rosette of a wild flower i have them here to in nh wont remember till i see the flower what it is , first one is either curly dock or pig weed both edible cant see the leaves on thatone tho, i think the yellow flower is ragwart?
hope that helps

Daisy August 6, 2015 at 6:40 am

Last one looks like ajuga.

Debbie Andrews August 6, 2015 at 7:10 am

The top one looks like millet. The second one favors the wild Marguerite daisy or possibly a wild chamomile. The poke salad at the end is actually edible. But only the tender green portion.

Hopefully someone else may have better info on the uppermost plant.


J'Marinde August 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

Can’t be sure, but the one with the yellow flowers looks like some kind of wild mustard from my childhood and the raggedy leaf sprouted one looks like some kind of salvia, and the second to last one looks like some kind of wild fig, though I couldn’t swear to any of this – – I am pulling on 67 years of recollections, which may be way off. Good luck to you in this pursuit. They look like a lot of MN plants to me.

J'Marinde August 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

Sorry got the order wrong, the THIRD to last looks like some kind of wild fig and second to last looks like some kind of salvia variety.

Claudia August 7, 2015 at 4:21 am

The second one looks like coreopsis.

J'Marinde August 7, 2015 at 8:24 am

Just came to me when I took another look – – the last one looks like budding dahlias my mom used to grow, but they have to be planted from corms or tubers. I’ve never seen them grow wild, but maaybe . . .. .

Kimberly August 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

Check out how to eat Polk Salad before you start into it. Another name for pokeweed.

J'Marinde August 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

Me again – – on that last one – – are you sure someone didn’t sneak into your yard and plant a dahlia? It SO looks like an about-to-bloom dahlia, or even a mum — mums can be perennial so maybe it is an heirloom???

Mattie August 8, 2015 at 6:09 am

can’t wait for the offical answers, i got the same plants in my yard

Daisy August 8, 2015 at 6:42 am

One the 2nd one, check out pictures of bitterweed and see what you think.

Sharon August 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

The second one reminds me of coreopsis ……I have not that color that just finished blooming. It does look like Bitter Weed…….but the USDA charts show Bitter Weed as a south west plant, not a south east plant. Not that some couldn’t have hitched a ride somehow…….
The first one I really think is Dock, or Curly Dock. Tenacious weed! Almost impossible to pull out by hand, hard to dig out with a shovel, if you leave even part of the root it will come back again and again……..and for pity sake unless you want millions of them in your yard, cut the seed heads off carefully and BURN them! Don’t try to compost them else you will have them sprouting in what ever flower/vegetable bed you use that compost in!

Pam August 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

if you have an iPhone, get the free app, Like That, Garden. Good way to ID plants from a photo you take. While I don’t know the name of the yellow flowered one, I have heard that it can make cows milk bad.

Pam August 9, 2015 at 6:32 am

Yellow one is Bitter Sneezeweed. Just looked it up.

Charleen Tittle Foott August 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

The 2nd one (with 2 pics) is definitely pokeweed, also known as ink berry. Birds enjoy the berries once they ripen to a deep purple color.

Kathy August 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

The last one looks like Ajuga (Bugleweed) it likely turns a dark purple and bees love it!

Hedo September 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

First one is yellow dock/curly dock. Too old to eat at that stage because it’s now too high in oxalic acid, but younger plants can be repeatedly boiled to make them edible.

Third one is definitely Pokeweed and should NOT be eaten because ALL parts of that plant are toxic. The juice can be absorbed through the skin, so get some sturdy rubber gloves and dig that sucker out. Won’t deny it’s pretty, though.

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