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Jlibra64
Arkansas
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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:30 pm   Post subject: 6 Ft, Sunflower-like Weed?


HI folks,
Sure hope you can help me. I have a plant that I initially thought was a Sunflower, however, there isn't a sunflower head on it, and it doesn't have the "fuzzy" like stem. The stem is smooth. This weed or plant also seems to be having babies. There appears to be about six of them in a 10 Ft. area. Rapid growth. Leaves have reached 12-15 inches in a tear drop shape and is approx. 5 inches wide at the widest point. Sorry, I don't have a camera to upload a picture.
Thanks, for any tips you may have.




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glendann

Texas
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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:53 pm   


Its hard to identify anything like that without a picture.

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toni


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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:58 pm   


Hi Jlibra, welcome to the Stew. Please post an intro of yourself in the Welcome to GardenStew forum so we can all get to know each other.

Not having a picture of your weed makes it a bit difficult to ID but I did find these websites of common weeds in Arkansas. Hopefully you can find your plant at one of these sites. Let us know what you find out.

http://www.aragriculture.org/horticulture/ornamentals/weed_id/default.htm
http://ceris.purdue.edu/napis/pests/weeds.html
http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rptType=State&statefips=05

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Frank


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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 3:01 pm   


Hi Jlibra64. As pointed out it would be very hard to identify your mystery plant without a photo. Is it possible that you could borrow a digital camera from a friend or neighbour? We really would like to help you out.

// Frank

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Jlibra64
Arkansas
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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 8:27 pm   Post subject: Giant Weed




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toni


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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 10:07 pm   


Put the picture here directly from photobucket. Under each picture are three choices...URL, HTML and IMG. Click on the IMG, click on copy, then start a reply, click on Paste. The code for the picture will show up, then under where you post a reply click on preview and the picture will show up if it was done correctly.

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Frank


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Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 3:07 am   


Sort of a repeat of what Toni posted but have a read of this topic Jlibra, it should help:
http://www.gardenstew.com/about4115.html

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pharmerphil

Southern Minnesota
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Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:07 pm   


Inula helenium (elecampane) perhaps?
here's a pic from our herb garden, I don't have, but can get a pic of the leaves, but the description sounds correct.don't know if this is what you have.


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Netty


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Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:53 pm   


I'm going to take a shot in the dark here Jlibre...Helianthus tuberosus?
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=HETU

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Jlibra64
Arkansas
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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:38 pm   


Hi pharmerphil. It does look very much like your plant. The only thing is, it never bloomed. Believing that it was nothing more than a weed, I ripped it out. Did you say it's a type of herb? Or is it that it just happens to be growing within your herb garden?
Thanks for the help, folks. I appreciate it. Take care.

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eileen


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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:28 pm   


I found this website that tells you all about Inula Helenium (Elecampane) Jlibra64.

http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Inula+helenium

I thought you might find it of interest. Very Happy

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pharmerphil

Southern Minnesota
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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:56 pm   


a very good link Eileen, thanks, there are so many uses for inula, I didn't know where to start!
Yes Jlibra, this is one of the many medicinal herbs in the herb garden.

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