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Well, it's a mystery to me. I am rather poor at identifying plants. I
was about to use the weed eater on this patch when I saw this plant.
Usually I use my guilt-free gardening method to determine weeds. That
is: If I pull it up, it is a weed by definition. It doesn't matter
if it looks identical in every way to a desirable plant just inches
away; if I pull it up, it's a weed. This property is not
transferable. That is, if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
a desirable plant, and you should go hang your head in shame. However,
if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed. Master Gardeners may know
how to grow pretty flowers, but it takes a Super Ultimate Gardener to
tell a weed disguised as, say, a marigold. But I digress. Anyway,
is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
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I haven't a clue, but I like the white flowers. Reminds me of some
Carribean flowers.

Jim

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Lizard's Tail, Galen, and I spent money to put one of
those on Iris Island!

kathy :-)

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Galen Hekhuis wrote:

Well, it's a mystery to me. I am rather poor at identifying plants. I
was about to use the weed eater on this patch when I saw this plant.
Usually I use my guilt-free gardening method to determine weeds. That
is: If I pull it up, it is a weed by definition. It doesn't matter
if it looks identical in every way to a desirable plant just inches
away; if I pull it up, it's a weed. This property is not
transferable. That is, if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
a desirable plant, and you should go hang your head in shame. However,
if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed. Master Gardeners may know
how to grow pretty flowers, but it takes a Super Ultimate Gardener to
tell a weed disguised as, say, a marigold. But I digress. Anyway,
is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...y112010003.jpg
.


When I first looked at the picture I thought the plant was next to an old
painted drive way. I now realize it's duckweed!

Wow.

San Diego Joe
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On Wed, 12 May 2010 15:15:00 EDT, kathy wrote:

Lizard's Tail, Galen, and I spent money to put one of
those on Iris Island!

kathy :-)


Far out. What should I do to encourage it?
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On Wed, 12 May 2010 17:25:23 EDT, Joe wrote:




Galen Hekhuis wrote:

Well, it's a mystery to me. I am rather poor at identifying plants. I
was about to use the weed eater on this patch when I saw this plant.
Usually I use my guilt-free gardening method to determine weeds. That
is: If I pull it up, it is a weed by definition. It doesn't matter
if it looks identical in every way to a desirable plant just inches
away; if I pull it up, it's a weed. This property is not
transferable. That is, if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
a desirable plant, and you should go hang your head in shame. However,
if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed. Master Gardeners may know
how to grow pretty flowers, but it takes a Super Ultimate Gardener to
tell a weed disguised as, say, a marigold. But I digress. Anyway,
is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...y112010003.jpg
.


When I first looked at the picture I thought the plant was next to an old
painted drive way. I now realize it's duckweed!

Wow.

San Diego Joe
4,000 - 5,000 Gallons.
Koi, Goldfish, and RES named Colombo.


Duckweed? Moi? Whatever would give you that idea?
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Lizard's Tail, kathy :-)


Does that make it a flower instead of a weed?

One man's flower is another man's weed?

Jim

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I would give it a chance.
Mine does not seem overly aggressive, in that the iris are the
dominant plant on the island now. Is native to your area so no
pond police will come to visit.
And it is *purty* and the leaves are pretty in the fall.

kathy :-)

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On Thu, 13 May 2010 09:48:40 EDT, kathy wrote:

I would give it a chance.
Mine does not seem overly aggressive, in that the iris are the
dominant plant on the island now. Is native to your area so no
pond police will come to visit.
And it is *purty* and the leaves are pretty in the fall.

kathy :-)


Seems I have two "plots" of it, one growing where the water must be a
foot deep. How it made it up through the duckweed I'll never know. It
must be a "winter hardy" type plant that comes up every year.
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Well, it's a mystery to me. I am rather poor at identifying plants. I
was about to use the weed eater on this patch when I saw this plant.
Usually I use my guilt-free gardening method to determine weeds. That
is: If I pull it up, it is a weed by definition. It doesn't matter
if it looks identical in every way to a desirable plant just inches
away; if I pull it up, it's a weed. This property is not
transferable. That is, if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
a desirable plant, and you should go hang your head in shame. However,
if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed. Master Gardeners may know
how to grow pretty flowers, but it takes a Super Ultimate Gardener to
tell a weed disguised as, say, a marigold. But I digress. Anyway,
is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...y112010003.jpg
.


================The common name for them here in TN is "Lizard's Tail." Mine' died out
several years ago.
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rec.ponder since late 1996.
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On Wed, 12 May 2010 09:48:25 EDT, Galen Hekhuis
wrote:

if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
a desirable plant. However,
if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed.
is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...y112010003.jpg
.

Before answering, my first question would have been.... Did you pull it or
not? I see in later posts you did not, and ID was given by kathy. It is
winter hardy, survives here nicely in Zone 7. Not sure what its lowest zone
is. Your plant looks particularly healthy and hardy w/beautiful blooms.
Caterpillars do love it, so watch for those. Picking them off is easy, if
the plant is easy to access. ~ jan
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