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Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:58 am
by matttah
Today I was looking at my herbs and what I thought at first may have been marjoram doesn't appear to be anymore. Its been growing for in a spread out manner. It pretty much just lays along the top of the box and grows outwards, it has long stems/branches that come out so far they are around 1 foot. The leaves don't taste like much of anything.

This box a few months ago took a leap of faith off our balcony and i shovled the dirt back in so it is full of mystery ingredients. Any thoughts, the flowers are these little pinkish things.

Here are two pictures:

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Sorry its a bit dark out now let me know if you have any ideas!

Re: Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:10 am
by imafan26
Definitely not majorram

Re: Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:54 am
by Mr_bobo_
...maybe some kind of Polygonum .... :/

Re: Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:44 am
by rainbowgardener
Bobo is right again. Smartweed, polygonum lapathifolium or polygonum pensylvanicum. Very common weed in my yard.

Re: Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:05 am
by Mr_bobo_
Goood to know Rainbow ...
... we are good team for identification plants... :cool:

Re: Sprawling plant in my herb box?

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:21 am
by rainbowgardener
Here's a little more about your weed:

Common Name: Pennsylvania Smartweed, Pink Smartweed
(Polygonum pensylvanicum)
Appearance and Habitat: Dense, erect, spike-like clusters of small, bright pink flowers are on sticky-haired stalks. About 75 species of smartweeds occur in North America. They are mainly are identified by their spikes of numerous flowers and encircling leaf sheaths. A closely related species, Pale Smartweed (P. lapathifolium), has white or pale rose, arching flower spikes and usually smooth stems. Both are found in gardens as well as in damp waste places. The seeds of these plants are eaten by songbirds and waterfowl. There are also climbing species of smartweeds.(1)Waste ground in moist soils. Moist disturbed places, ditches, riverbanks, cultivated fields, shorelines of ponds and reservoirs from sea level to 1800 meters. Eastern N. America – Nova Scotia to Ontario, Minnesota, Florida and Texas. An annual growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in). It is in flower from Apr to December.(2)
Edible Uses: None
https://keys2liberty.wordpress.com/tag/edible-smartweed/

Not considered edible and in fact mildly toxic to horses and probably other animals. No matter what it was you would not have been likely to suffer any ill effects from just taking a little taste. But do keep in mind that weeds are ubiquitous and many common garden weeds and plants are toxic. So do be a little careful about eating unidentified plants. Just because you think you planted something, that doesn't mean it is what you got.