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Name This Plant, Flower, Bush, Tree...???

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Comment by Gladys Hutson -NC7b on February 27, 2012 at 8:07am

I have looked at both websites that were mentioned below.  I guess there are all types of Lesser celandine.  By looking at the pictures on "Plants Delight" I would guess mine to be the "Yaffle" because the leaves are not black, they are green and mottled and it grows in a very tight clump.  Dave's Garden website's mentioned it's invasive qualities but Plants Delight did not.  I would think that a nursery would at least mentions something like that??  Like I said before, I have 2 acres that I garden and have had this plant in this location for at least 10 years.  I have hardly had the experience of it being invasive (although it has seemed to grow quicker when given more sun.  I will again say that I would much rather have this plant in my beds than all the chickweed that is currently going crazy in my neck of the woods.   The Dave's Garden site also said that some wood ash around on the plant would keep it contained ?? (might have to try that) and the fact that I have a large area to cover, I am not that concerned.  I did not find this plant in the ncwildflower site.

 

Thanks for all the help!!  At least now I have a pretty good idea of what this plant is!!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 25, 2012 at 9:53am

If it is a native plant you probably can find it here:

http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plants/noresult/

 

This is the North Carolina Native Plant Society

Comment by Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A on February 25, 2012 at 7:11am

Well, I looked it up and see the species can be quite invasive. Plant Delights has 4 different cultivars with a little variation in flower coloration and leave colors. At least one of them is not invasive.

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 24, 2012 at 11:30pm

As Louise has pointed out and this discussion proves, a picture is not enough information to positively identify any plant.  For instance the asarum sends up only two leaves from the growing tip of each rhizome each year.  If the plant in question trails across the ground (even if the trail is a short one) then it would not be asarum.  But just because it looks like the lesser celandine in its flower, does not mean it is one.  But it does not mean it isn't one either.  We can only try to come close with a picture, to be certain would require a taxonomist, even then the taxonomist is known to make a mistake now and then.

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 24, 2012 at 11:20pm

Louise, I understand that the flower is a lesser I.D. factor.  The statement that the foliage dies out after the spring lends credibility to the identification of the plant as the celandine as most asarum are either evergreen or deciduous at the end of a growing season.  The flower, though a lesser I.D. factor is still a factor and I can find no reference at all to any of the asarum having a flower with 8 petals and numerous stamens (most asarum have 12 stamens) as the flower in the picture seems to display.The flower also looks as though there are true petals.  From the Berkeley fact sheet: Of the living Aristolochiales, only the Chinese Saruma henryi has fully developed petals.  This being the case it appears the plant is not asarum.

Comment by Louise M Riling Zone 9b on February 24, 2012 at 9:53pm

I can see everyone's point, about the 'Flower', however plants are not classified by the flower. That is considered one of the lesser I.D. factors. Plant growth habits and the leaf, in particular, are major deciding factors. The celandine leaf, as I pointed out previously is herbaceous and entirely different. herbaceous. 

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 24, 2012 at 7:07pm

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/celandine.htm  I can readily see what Louise is talking about but as I know no instance of a flower on any asarum that looks even remotely like the one in the picture and it has been determined there is no other plant in question to produce the flower I would have to lean to the lessercelandine determination.  Here is a good link to identifying characteristics of the plant.  Look it over Gladys and see if this matches closely to the plants you have.

Comment by Gladys Hutson -NC7b on February 24, 2012 at 1:43pm

I started with just one very small plant that I rescued from a previous residence.  I planted it in the first bed approx. 10 years ago.  It has grown to about a 3' X3' patch.   This is a very heavy shade area.  I then planted some last year in a little bit sunnier area and it has grown a lot quicker.  So I guess in hotter climates, a dense shady spot it would not become invasive.  In a sunnier spot, the jury is still out.   I have 2 acres of property and I would much rather see this plant growing than the Chickweed that seems to love to take over in the spring.  And by the heat of the summer it retreats and hides, not to be seen again until next spring.   Let me know if you want some!

Comment by Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A on February 24, 2012 at 12:21pm

H'mmm, interesting. I'll have to see if that's good in zone 8A too. Love it. How long does it take to make a decent patch and how many plants did you plant?

Comment by Garden Girl on February 24, 2012 at 9:46am

You're very welcome.

 

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