Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mystery Plant Solved for Green Thumb Sunday

Mystery Plant Solved for Green Thumb Sunday

a green spike plant pod

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In last week's post I was hoping to find out the name of the plant in the photo.

I am happy to say that my readers are a lot smarter than me, and the first commenter had the correct name for it.

Lynda, over at Peripheral Vision - Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann knew right off that it was Jimson Weed.

Several other posters also recognized it and I thank everyone who responded.

Well, from reading the wiki on this plant, I discovered a few things about it.

See that photo above? My husband had a heck of a time cutting that spiky thing in half so I could take a photo it of it.

We handled it quite a bit, and I even took some of the seeds from the dried pods so I could try planting some of them.

Come to find out - every part of this plant is poisonous and may be fatal if ingested.

Now we were not stupid enough to start eating it, but I know that some things can be absorbed through the skin - we were lucky that we didn't get sick from them.

I never planted the seeds, and when I come across them this spring in my gardening tote, I will trash them immediately.

I think that next time we come across a new plant that looks so forboding, we will heed it's spiky warning and leave it alone - photos on the bush will be just fine!


  1. Not sure if the fruit is edible. But the image is so heavenly green!

  2. BEAUTIFUL well stated..balanced, delicate...lovely!

  3. Hi Roentarre - I liked the green color too! Definitely not edible though!

  4. I don't know about that, I still think it's an alien plant, get it, plant as in a spy planted here as opposed to an actual plant,lol.

  5. Regardless of the identity, it is a neat looking seed pod.


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