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Post  nursekat424 on 5/30/2010, 10:49 pm

i found this growing all over my yard (first spring in this place), it looks like pot- does anyone know if it is. i dont want my kids getting ahold of it, or my animals. i'm kinda freaking out here . i also dont want in trouble. if it's not them what in the world is it. can anyone help!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Agreeing w/you!

Post  jenjehle on 5/30/2010, 11:31 pm

I'm no expert... (thank God) but I would agree with you that it resembles marijuana! My DH thinks so too! I did a google search for marijuana images and here's one for you!

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Post  Kabaju42 on 5/30/2010, 11:40 pm

I don't think it's pot. If you look at the two pictures closely there's several differences. If you look at the vein of the plant going out sideways, the marijuana kinda droops down but your plant goes up and out stiffly. Also a bigger difference is even though both plants are jagged on the sides, the marijuana goes to a point and your plant has more of a rounded tip.

Sorry I don't know what it is, but I'm sure it's not marijuana. I also asked my wife (she's more knowledgeable in the area of wild plants) and she agrees it's not pot, but doesn't know what is is either.
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Post  chexmix on 5/30/2010, 11:42 pm

It is not marijuana. The leaves are not right shape. Similar but different. Plus it looks like it is about to bloom up top. It is some kind of weed but not the kind you smoke.

How do I know this? Well about 20+ years ago I was around this stuff more than I needed to be. Today, you won't catch me near it.
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Post  Jola on 5/31/2010, 12:03 am

To be completely safe I would notify authorities and explain it wasn't me who planted this plant, in case it is some type of marijuana (as I understand there are many different types of marijuana).
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Post  Chopper on 5/31/2010, 12:14 am

You could pick a leaf and smell it to be sure (that is if you'd recognize the smell). I don't think it fits the profile either. Were it I, and I really wanted to get rid of them I would throw some roundup on the little buggers. Or, take a shovel and loosen them and pull them all up. If it comes back easily, then roundup b/c it is probably regenerating by the root.

Good luck. Dave? Dave's not here.... Nevermind.

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Post  pattipan on 5/31/2010, 12:17 am

I think it's something in the Potentilla family, commonly known as cinquefoil. Do a Google image search for Potentilla pulcherrima or Potentilla recta. Here's one link that has some good images:

http://www.insectimages.org/browse/genusthumb.cfm?id=Potentilla&Start=61&display=136&sort=3

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Cinquefoil

Post  SirTravers on 5/31/2010, 12:53 am

That looks very much like common ciquefoil which is a perennial plant in your area. It tends to grow in areas that have been left alone or not kept well. You should be able to knock it out with some 2-4-D weed killer.

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Post  LaFee on 5/31/2010, 2:33 am

It's not cannabis...it's the stuff that's trying (in vain!) to take over my SFG.

it eventually gets tiny purple flowers...but I still don't want it in my SFG.

It's easy to just rip up and throw away (Not sure I'd put it on my compost pile, as I wouldn't want to risk even one seed being able to grow!)

(Hemp still grows wild over much of the Midwest...remnants of the WWII
efforts to supply the war effort with lots of rope, so we saw lots of
the stuff when I was growing up. The older siblings of a few kids I knew
tried to make a cash harvest...not realizing that you'd have to smoke a
truckload of the stuff for it to have any effect. It's usually only
intoxicating when it's bred specifically for the purpose.)

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Post  camprn on 5/31/2010, 7:25 am

SirTravers wrote:That looks very much like common ciquefoil which is a perennial plant in your area. It tends to grow in areas that have been left alone or not kept well. You should be able to knock it out with some 2-4-D weed killer.
+1 informational link here
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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/31/2010, 8:46 am

jenjehle wrote:snip .....I did a google search for marijuana images and here's one for you!

OK, I know I am off subject here, but is Mary Jane growing in Mel's mix?
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Post  johnfromfl on 5/31/2010, 9:29 am

Yes, it does look like Mel's me to me too. As to what is in the potted soil, I have an allergy to it when the local law enforcement destroys that in a control burn.
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thanks

Post  nursekat424 on 5/31/2010, 11:51 am

thanks a ton, i believe it is sulfur cinquefoil based on everyones replies and informational links.



Jola Yesterday at 11:03 pm

To be completely safe I would notify authorities and explain it wasn't me who planted this plant, in case it is some type of marijuana

I did this the other day, the said just mow it down, but it was still bugging me since have 2 young kids plus pets.

pattipan Yesterday at 11:17 pm
I think it's something in the Potentilla family, commonly known as cinquefoil
thanks for the link it helped.

@ least i feel better knowing what it is.
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