mrbahamut
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Need help identifying plants in WI

I had 2 new plants pop up in my front yard this year, and I have no idea what they are. I don't want to cut them down until I know.

Plant #1:
[img]https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh206/mr_bahamut/IMG_0403.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh206/mr_bahamut/IMG_0404.jpg[/img]

#2:
[img]https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh206/mr_bahamut/IMG_0406.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh206/mr_bahamut/IMG_0407.jpg[/img]

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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applestar
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I think 2nd one is mullein. :D

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!potatoes!
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definitely. and the first is motherwort.

mrbahamut
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Thanks!

Good to know I have medicinal herbs growing wild in my yard.

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Yes... the scientific name for the motherwort is Leonurus cardiaca. The cardiaca refers to the traditional belief that it is medicinal for cardiac problems.

Incidentally, another common name for the mullein used to be "Quaker rouge." The good Quaker ladies back then weren't supposed to wear any makeup. So they would rub their cheeks with mullein leaves. All those woolly hairs on the leaves are a bit irritating to the skin, so would pinken them up. ... It is a non-native that has been in this country since the mid 1700's. It was brought over from Europe as a medicinal herb and piscicide, or fish poison.

I have one about to bloom in my yard. If it's been here since the beginning of our country, can't we confer native status on it?



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