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Old 09-28-2022, 08:38 AM
 
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After reading this book, I am very hesitant to eat/touch anything I didn't buy in a store. It is amazing how much dangerous stuff is out there.

"Wicked Plants"
The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
https://www.amystewart.com/books/wicked-plants/
Nature is so amazing...the variety of life it produces is mind boggling. I want to read this book. Thank you for mentioning it.
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Old 09-28-2022, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I used to pick unfamiliar weeds and take them to my computer for help with indentification.
It'll be cell phone photos only after reading this. Has anyone ever picked a strange plant and had a reaction?


https://www.discovery.com/nature/Suicide-Plant
Yeah, I tried to weed Stinging Nettle once by hand before knowing what it was. It's a unique and very uncomfortable pain. It is a mistake you only make once.
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Old 09-28-2022, 05:22 PM
 
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I picked either poison ivy or poison oak once as a child because I thought it was pretty. We probably all make that mistake as children.

Insects can be just as bad. I have been stung/bitten by a variety of insects over the years. Some produced awful effects. A couple of years ago I cut down an evergreen tree that a previous tenant had planted so close to the wall that it was pushing against the eavestroughing. At the time, I did not feel anything at all, but a little later, I noticed terrible looking whelps rising up all over my legs that itched like mad. Several days later, perplexed, I did a little research and found out I had been bitten by chiggers. All I can say is, if you ever have to cut down or prune an evergreen, be sure to wear clothing that completely covers your arms, hands, legs, and feet. Wear a hat with netting if you have one. It took WEEKS for those bites to finally go away.
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Old 11-12-2022, 07:18 AM
 
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One day, I went outside and saw a gorgeous purple flower blooming under my bird feeders. I grabbed thick leather gloves and pulled it out by the root. Yep, it was jimsonweed. How it got there, I have no clue. But my familiarity with others in the datura genus made me realize right away that this beautiful plant was likely poisonous. I of course did not put it on my compost pile.
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Old 11-12-2022, 09:48 AM
 
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One day, I went outside and saw a gorgeous purple flower blooming under my bird feeders. I grabbed thick leather gloves and pulled it out by the root. Yep, it was jimsonweed. How it got there, I have no clue. But my familiarity with others in the datura genus made me realize right away that this beautiful plant was likely poisonous. I of course did not put it on my compost pile.
It is very likely came in bird droppings, yes? I know that is how Greenbriar Vine ended up in my garden a couple of times.
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Old 11-12-2022, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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One day, I went outside and saw a gorgeous purple flower blooming under my bird feeders. I grabbed thick leather gloves and pulled it out by the root. Yep, it was jimsonweed. How it got there, I have no clue. But my familiarity with others in the datura genus made me realize right away that this beautiful plant was likely poisonous. I of course did not put it on my compost pile.
Now, you know, what kind of seeds are in your bird feeders!
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Old 11-13-2022, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Now, you know, what kind of seeds are in your bird feeders!
Most likely the datura seeds were brought to the feeder and pooped out onto the ground there by a bird that was visiting the feeder.

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Old 12-11-2022, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Inland California Desert
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I have a weed growing behind some azaleas. It seems to have a strong and long tap root. I cannot dig it out with a spade. Can I just pour a bit of weed killer on it? I am afraid I will lose my azaleas?
I wouldn't. . . .

What I do to attempt killing cacti is to cut it mostly down, making the cut at or above ground, level . . . and then 'scooping' a 'bowl' into the top of it. . . . I then pour 5% vinegar into said 'bowl' & allow it to be absorbed, several times. . . . They have never grown back. . . .

IDK how your weed would respond to that kind of treatment, though. . . .

Post pics of it to an online group specializing in plant IDs,

then research it to find out how to perminently remove it.
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Old 12-11-2022, 09:41 PM
 
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Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytophotodermatitis


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Old 12-12-2022, 08:04 AM
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Location: New York
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I've never heard of this tree nor encountered it. A few years back I must have touched a poisonous plant, not sure which one, that left a burn-like mark on my arm. The doctor had no idea what could have happened.
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