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I have a question to identify a plant growing in our yard.

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plant in yard...probable weedI have a question to identify a plant growing in our yard. Do you have experts who could help us identify it, using photographs I can upload?  I have additional photographs I can send if the close up is not helpful enough.

Ray Atkinson :

Is it a vine, a tree, or a bush?

Customer:

Bush

Customer:

Can you see the photo I uploaded?

Customer:

I have a couple of others, to give perspective.

Ray Atkinson :

Ok, that eliminates one possibility. I'll get back with you.

Ray Atkinson :

Sure, I can use them. I have a friend who knows his plants.

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And here's the close up of the "berries"....my concern is that this is a poisonous weed we let get out of hand because we had a

Customer:

hibiscus in that spot last year and thought it had come back.

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Ray Atkinson :

It grows here as well.

Customer:

any clues to what it is?

Ray Atkinson :

We're working on it.

Ray Atkinson :

It is not poisonous, that he knows for sure.

Customer:

Awesome, thank you! Well that's a relief.

Ray Atkinson :

I'm still going to get what it is for you.

Customer:

Yes, please! I'm baffled!

Ray Atkinson :

Is this it?

Customer:

Really close, but our plant has pointed leaves, like an elongated teardrop shape.

Ray Atkinson :

Found it!

Ray Atkinson :

Common pokeweed.

Ray Atkinson :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca

Customer:

That rings a bell when I was scouring some of our state extension agriculture sites...but couldn't decide if the description matched! Do you have a link for a photo that you found or anything?

Ray Atkinson :

http://turfweeds.contentsrvr.net/content/general/images/plants/Phytolacca%20americana%20(common%20pokeweed)/common_pokeweed_IMG_1686.jpg?width=100

Ray Atkinson :

that is it 100%

Customer:

BINGO!!!! Exactly! Wow, man, thank you so much, and your friend as well!

Ray Atkinson :

Apparently, people make salads from the leaves, so definintely not poisonous,

Customer:

Have a great night, and I'm clicking through an "excellent" for you. Much appreciated.

Ray Atkinson :

You are very welcome. I'm just glad to help.

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