I don't know where it came from,but it is sowing itself in several places.
At the moment, it is setting seed, so long seed-bearing spike - picture not good enough to show.
Picture I (hope) I uploaded to NG is before seed.
Would REALLY love ID.
On Monday, March 24, 2014 5:41:53 AM UTC-7, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
Front of house. North facing.
No flowers yet. Tbis and similar ones have been in the garden for over a year, but this is the first time the one in front is setting seed.
What did the flowers look like?
Don't know. None as yet.
Grateful for reply, but have no other info. Hope picture was clear?
Well, Mr. Ross reminded me you are in California. Should have made
my question more clear.
I'm more familiar with the weeds, wild flowers and garden thugs of the
upper mid-west and northeast, none of which your plant bring to mind.
If it has seeds it must have had flowers. Either you didn't notice them
or they were insignificant.
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:05:24 AM UTC-7, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
!!! Of course you're right about sequence of flowers and seeds, but I rema
in baffled. I often looked at that plant, trying to figure it out, so any
flowers must have been REALLY "insignificant".
(This brings up an unrelated question which I hope to research as time perm
Which plants have large,showy flowers and -- down the scale -- small insign
ificant ones. What survival needs do each kind serve? Climate dependant,
no doubt, but what else. Are there anomalies? Which, and why? Etc. Many q
uestions. If anyone already has references, would be appreciated.)
Guess I'll take a picture up to nabe (neighbor) nursery & see if anybody re
cognizes it. I do plan to plant some of the seeds & see what happens.
Any other garden group youse guys could recommend? Might as well spread the
Well, yes, flowers may be hard to spot. Grass seed-heads are actually clusters of "flowers" and
if you look at the right time you can see the stamens pretty easily and the stigmas if you look
Among broad-leafed plants, the flowers for members of the Goosefoot and Buckwheat families
are not much to look at either, and might be mistaken for seeds right from the start. Some
plants produce self-pollinated "cleistogamous" flowers which do not have petals and never open.
some of our most colorful garden plants such as Violas and Impatiens may produce
cleistogamous flowers, especially when they are growing under stressful conditions.)
Wind pollinated plants do not need showy flowers. They just need to stick their flowers
out where they can catch the wind.
Cleistogamous flowers use less energy to produce seeds and are "good bets" for plants
that growing under hostile conditions or where pollinators are unavailable.
Showy* flowers are generally pollinated by animals (insects, birds, bats and sometimes
other small mammals).
*Showy not necessarily only to the eye, but also to the nose; some flowers with powerful scents
are not that impressive to look at, for example, mignonette (Reseda odorata).
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:42:07 AM UTC-7, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
Reference: Medieval students sat at the master's feet outside under the trees.
(Matter of fact that's how Wall Street started as well <g>)
Leaving in your whole message -- so informative that later readers may profit.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:01:26 PM UTC-7, Higgs Boson wrote:
Mystery solved. Took picture and leaf to nursery. Jose only needed leaf to ID it on his computer.
Sounds like a fascinating, appaarently rare-ish plant. Many Web sites, some referring to its medicinal properties.
Thanks to all for your interest and cooperation.
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