This is a weed, right?

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  1. Ronni

    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    Purple, thank you!! It DID help, a lot. I've added the url to my bookmarks bar, it's an excellent resource! I gave Paige all this information, and she decided to pull the weed. My grandson messes around in the garden when they're out watering or playing with the dogs, and she'd rather not run the risk of him getting any irritation from the plant...he already has eczema issues.

    Really appreciate you linking me to all this.
     
  2. purpleinopp

    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Glad to try to help! Without garden forums, I'd still be stuck in 60's/70's house plant books myself.
     
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    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    :D

    If I read your profile right, you're in Alabama? I lived in Huntsville for a few years....and I think that's my most favorite place of all the places I've lived in my lifetime....well, except for possibly New Zealand. But on this continent? Yeah, definitely Huntsville.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Yes, I moved to AL from OH in early '07 and absolutely love it! Being a little hotter in the summer but a lot warmer in winter, and no such thing as traffic are good trades IMO. I've seen snow once here, for a few hours. We're quite a bit south of Huntsville, about 15 miles from the FL border in Opp. No idea how that compares to Huntsville except that I know it's a LOT smaller, and definitely no space craft here. New Zealand - wow!
     



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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    Lots of weeds are eatable/edible, such as dandelions, violets [I never consider violets a "weed" though], lamb's quarters, etc. However, some weeds are very poisonous such as poison hemlock. It resembles Queen Anne's Lace. My mother loves dandelion leaves as a salad green, but I wont eat it because I do not like the taste of it. Dandelion has many medicinal properties, including being good for liver ailments, so I use it for that--in PILL form. Lots of "weeds" have excellent medicinal properties, including peppermint/spearment too.

    Here is a starting point on medicinal herbs:

    http://www.altnature.com/jewelweed.htm

    http://www.anniesremedy.com/

    There are many such sites, and lots of information out there.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Good point. My fav source on such things is eattheweeds.com

    Most "weeds" (besides sprouts of trees, flowering plants invited into the garden,) are either native plants not presentable or obedient enough for a tended garden, or edible/medicinal/once-thought-ornamental exotics.
     
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    Mrs. Hankshaw Seedling

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    Spurge!!! I hate that stuff.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    Hi Purple. I will check out your site this weekend. Thanks.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Cool. I'm not affiliated with it in any way, just find it a good source of info.
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    My girlfriend comes over to take a walkabout and she bends down and picks my weeds, I want to say, "Thank you", and then she puts it in her mouth and eats it. She "yums" her way through my gardens. It is so funny. She knows her weeds. LOL.
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    A friend back when I lived in New Mexico would go out collecting weeds/herbs/etc. She would say, "I'm going up to the mountains to go grazing." She certainly knew her plants, especially their medicinal uses.
     
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    I'd like to know more about weeds and their uses. I thinks it's a very useful skill. Purslane grows a lot in my yard. I haven't taken the dive to mixing it into one of my salads yet lol.
     

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