6 Ft, Sunflower-like Weed?

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  1. Jlibra64

    Jlibra64 New Seed

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    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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  2. glendann

    glendann Official Garden Angel

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    Its hard to identify anything like that without a picture.
     
  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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/horticultu ... efault.htm
    http://ceris.purdue.edu/napis/pests/weeds.html
    http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rpt ... atefips=05
     
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    Frank Happy Gardening Staff Member Administrator

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    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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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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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    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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    Jlibra64 New Seed

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    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 Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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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