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Can anyone tell me if this is an herb or something??

kingknob Hatfield


Joined: Oct 26, 2011
Posts: 3
So I noticed this about August and it had kind of spikey leaves then. Now it is brown and dried and I thought maybe this is an herb. any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Jonathan 'yukkuri' Kame


Joined: May 23, 2010
Posts: 488
Location: Foothills north of L.A., zone 9ish mediterranean
    
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maybe ragweed?  If so, it's a common allergen, though it surely has some sort of use.

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ragweed&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1398&bih=721&sei=%20i7-oTsbaEoqwiQKl1vieBg
kingknob Hatfield


Joined: Oct 26, 2011
Posts: 3
No I don't believe it's ragweed it stands almost 6 feet tall. Man I wish I had a picture of it when it was green.
Amber Westfall


Joined: May 26, 2011
Posts: 13
Location: Ottawa
Hi there.  What do you mean by spikey leaves?  Are they long, narrow and pointed or are they actually sharp to the touch?  The shape looks a like Artemisia vulgaris to me, but without a better closeup pic, the green leaves or the flower, it's very difficult to tell.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort

Is the stalk round, ridged and red tinged?  That would be another indication that it is A. vulgaris.  There are many other Artemisias as well and all are medicinal.

Good luck with the id!


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ronie dee


Joined: Mar 04, 2009
Posts: 584
Location: Cosby MO
    
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You do know what cannabis looks like right?  I can't I.D. the plant without seeing it green and even then may need other things like flower, seed, stem, and close up of leaf.


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kingknob Hatfield


Joined: Oct 26, 2011
Posts: 3
no it's not cannabis lol
garrett lacey


Joined: Nov 22, 2011
Posts: 72
Location: Kamloops, BC, semi-arid rainshadow, zone 6
    
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Looks like it might be Kochia scoparia. Grows all over the place here in Kamloops and grows quite tall like that. I haven't been able to find any information on it as a useful herb.
Deb Stephens


Joined: Dec 03, 2011
Posts: 177
Location: SW Missouri
    
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It is kind of hard to tell from the photo because this was obviously taken way after the plant was still in its prime, but it looks a bit like Sericea lespedeza to me. The various conservation departments across the U.S. got farmers and ranchers to introduce the stuff as a wildlife food back in the 30s or 40s (quail, pheasants, wild fowl and livestock love it) but, like kudzu, it turned out to be a very bad idea. Now, all the conservation people are busy telling people how to eradicate this invasive weed.
Deb Stephens


Joined: Dec 03, 2011
Posts: 177
Location: SW Missouri
    
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Also...
It would be helpful to know where you live and some of the conditions in which you found the plant. Dry or wet soil? Shade or sun? Is it in an old field or garden or out in an undisturbed area? (From the stuff in the background, I'm guessing a barnyard.) Were there a lot of them or just one? Do you see any seeds? If so, what do they look like? How tall/wide is the plant? Any odor upon crushing the leaves? And so on...

I agree with another poster that artemisia is a possibility as well, though I would suggest A. caudata rather than vulgaris.
Vera Lothian


Joined: Dec 05, 2011
Posts: 21
Location: Wiltshire UK
that first pictures kinda looks like last years yule tree?

Sorry no help at all!


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garrett lacey


Joined: Nov 22, 2011
Posts: 72
Location: Kamloops, BC, semi-arid rainshadow, zone 6
    
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I still think it looks a lot like Kochia

edit - scratch the amaranth theory, doesnt look enough like amaranth

Funny you mention a yule tree, Kochia is known for looking like a 'big christmas tree'.
Lisa Allen


Joined: Mar 25, 2011
Posts: 196
Location: Western Montana USA
It does help to know what geographical region it would be in. Here in Western Montana, if I find things that I don't know what they are, I found a good website for identifying nearly everything, you may try the same with googling your state name and the word weeds. We also have a local branch of the state's agriculture department to go with the plant specimen for identification in the worst case scenario. And you may have to wait until it grows back and is green and full-grown again. I will stay posted on this thread to see what you discover!


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Melba Corbett


Joined: Apr 23, 2011
Posts: 160
Location: North Carolina
Looks like lespedeza to me. Would help to see the actual plant. It usually has tiny seeds all along the stems when it becomes that large.


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