Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Weed Identification Please

Anybody know what this one is? I think it's a beauty and I want to put those berry clusters in a fall bouquet (click on it to see the berries lying on the ground). I am afraid it may be poisonous or cause some kind of rash or something.

I did a quick google on "Michigan weed red berry clusters", but did not find it. As much as I would rather continue searching, I have to get to work.


  1. I believe that is false Solomon's seal--Maianthemum racemosa. If it is, I have it in my shade garden. It's not PC to call it a weed--it's a native plant. But I don't know anything about the berries. I don't think I've ever seen berries on the one in my garden. I'll have to take a look.

  2. Kathy, I swear you are a walking encyclopedia!
    That's exactly what it is. I've been to a few sites and so far nothing about it being poison or anything.
    I think this is quite a wonderful native plant...LOL...I certainly will not call this one a weed again. I just read it can take a year for the seed to germinate, so I am lucky to have these two.

  3. forgot to say, thank you again for your help.

  4. You're quite welcome. By the way, did you know you are listed in a book called Blogosphere: Best of Blogs by Peter Kuhns and Adrienne Crew? (page 78) The authors have a blog (of course) and you can go there and get a little do-hickey for your sidebar saying that you are in the book. The url is http://www.blogsbestof.com/, but I just went there and it doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

  5. "t's not PC to call it a weed--it's a native plant."

    That's got me laughing, Kathy.

    The trouble of course is the fact that so many imports have naturalized that many of the wildflower books don't bother to tell you which are native and which are invaders.

    So it's really hard for a non-hobbiest to know when to be 'correct!'

  6. Amen, Jen. Well said.

    Kathy, I heard from another blogger that I was in some book. I've never actually seen it.
    The little dohickey sounds nice. I will have to check it out.

    I must say, though, that I wonder why someone would buy a book on blogs when all they need to do is use a search engine?

    It would also seem like the proper etiquette would be to ask the blog owner if they may use the blog in the (I assume) for profit book!

  7. Glad someone knew what that plant was, I sure as heck didn't! lol I often have plants I have no idea where they came from since I didn't plant them...I'm guessing the birds dropping seeds might cause that?

  8. Wow, that's so cool that you have that plant without even having to search or pay for it. ;-)

  9. onThe varigated Solomom's Seal is even more beautiful. I found my regular false Solomon's Seal in a fence row years ago; it has tiny, bell shaped flowers in late spring. You almost have to get down on your knees to see them hanging from the underside of the stem.

  10. You called THAT a weed????

    :o! FOR SHAME! I love these plants, I like thier white flowers in the spring too :)


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