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Old 09-25-2022, 04:29 PM
 
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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
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Old 09-25-2022, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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This plant grows in Australia and is probably well known by the locals.

I live in Texas, and knowing that I might encounter some toxic plants or insects - I always wear gloves, when gardening, to protect myself and generally don't go into the bushes.
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Old 09-25-2022, 05:00 PM
 
Location: NC
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Several plants give a reaction to your skin. So I never touch weedy plants with my bare hands unless I know for sure they are innocuous. Obvious culprit are the Rhus genus, but pokeweed and stinging nettle are nasty too.
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Old 09-25-2022, 05:08 PM
 
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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?
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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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?
Can you get google on your phone? If so, get the google live app and you can identify almost anything.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:23 PM
 
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Can you get google on your phone? If so, get the google live app and you can identify almost anything.

I have an a Android app called "picture this" that's pretty accurate at identifying plants. I'm sure there are other apps that work just as well.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Can you get google on your phone? If so, get the google live app and you can identify almost anything.
I was just about to suggest the very same thing.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Inland California Desert
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I use 5% vinegar . . . 1st cut the succulent/vine/bush/tree -straight & level across- to a stump . . . then leave the bark totally intact while drilling or cutting out the center tissue to whatever depth you want to fill it with vinegar. Then pour in the vinegar. You can repeat filling it as many times ass you want.

I've killed cacti. a young locust tree, this way. The Locust started to grow back 3x, but a repeat performance with the vinegar killed it after the 3rd application . . . I recut the plant's tissue each time to make sure the vinegar could be absorbed by it internally.
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Old 09-27-2022, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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My granddaughter gets hives from touching eggplant, which I believe is the nightshade family. She’s not bothered by other nightshade vegetables.
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Old 09-27-2022, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Has anyone ever picked a strange plant and had a reaction?
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/
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