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Please help identify - should I pull it?

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:58 pm
by AmyLovesTheSun
Hi -
I have a plant growing all over one of my raised beds and I'm not sure what it is. If anyone has an idea of what it is please let me know. I'm trying to grow a vegetable garden so my main concern is if I should pull it out to give my other plants room or let it grow as it seems very happy. Mainly, can I eat it?

I planted cilantro so for a while I hoped it was just some very funny looking cilantro; however, the leaves are very bitter and it doesn't have any powerful smell. Finally, the cilantro I planted did come up looking, smelling, and tasting like I expect so I don't know what this other plant it. (The picture has a little leaf of a cilantro plant that did sprout.) The plant is quite leafy, a palish green, and has very thin light leaves. It grows in clumps with many branches coming out of a sprout. Please see the below picture.

Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:09 pm
by jal_ut
the leaves are very bitter and it doesn't have any powerful smell
Your question: "Should I pull it?"



Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:04 am
by AmyLovesTheSun
Ok will do. Thanks for the reply.

That seems like a pretty easy rule to go by then; does it always apply?

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:32 am
by applestar
Yep, I see the baby cilantro to the right.

The large clump doesn't look like cilantro but some relative of the carrot family but not carrot -- the leaves seem to have a blue-ish tone to it that makes me think queen ann's lace, but that's a total guess.

I see a whole bunch of tomato seedlings, including one that is growing to the top of the clump. If you tasted the tomato seedling leaf, I imagine it would taste "bad".

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:36 am
by rainbowgardener
Looks like flat leaf parsley to me. I grow pretty much parsley (butterflies like it as a host plant). Mine is not bitter, but I think it can get bitter especially if not watered enough.