Here are a couple of "wild" plants that I've seen around for all of my life and
haven't given much
thought to and was hoping someone could tell me the proper names for them. Both
of them actually
look pretty decorative, and I'm wondering if they are annuals or are perennials
that I could
Thanks for the info. Plantago lanceolata is dead-on, but I think that, going by
pictures that I've
found, my other one is Plantago rugelii instead of Plantago rugelii.
Anyway, looking at some of the larger plants, it struck me that they looked
pretty much as nice as
some of the hostas I've started under a tree. I thought that if they were
perennials, I might try
transplanting a couple of them.
Because they're invasive, right? I don't mind them around (knowing that
they have some herbal/medicinal value which I think is just neat) but I
wouldn't be *inviting* any more into my garden than get there by themselves.
Giselle (you never know who they're going to invite over to stay ;)
Weedy, yes. And how do you propose to keep them from seeding? BTW, several
species (don't recall which off the top of my head) are considered noxious
weeds in some states, which could get you in some hot water in some
The enforcement of federal and state noxious weed laws is a difficult
challenge in the midst of so many other enforcement challenges.
Nonetheless, to be safe you should look at the EWIRM database for
official and unofficial weeds lists and images in your state or
province. EWIRM from Ergonica sorts over 200 weed identification
references by US state or Canadian province.
EWIRM: Nature makes plants, humans make weeds!
As for the issue of me, personally (I was the one that brought up these
particular plants, after
all) the plants in question were ones that have been around my home all of my
life-- so the
transplanting I was concidering would consist of moving pre-existing plants
about 30 feet from where
they are growning naturally. I remember as a child I used to pick the leaves as
food for my pet
rabbits. And, having someone post the genus as a starting point, I was able to
see (based on the
diagnostic feature of the purple petioles) that mine are a native species
Plantago rugelii, not even
an import. (The one I dug up wilted quickly in the heat we are having now in
Zone 7b South
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