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!













7 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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