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« on: August 20, 2010 08:13:51 PM »

We just moved into a new house, that has TONS of plants in it. We are slowly going through and trying to figure out what is what before we just start taking stuff out. This plant sprouted inches over night it seemed like in the middle of our front yard, after we had moved some excess dirt from the backyard to fill in the holes left by the previous person's dogs. Does anyone happen to know what this is. I refuse to remove it from the yard untill I figure it out. It is rather pretty, but we're having bets on if it's a veggie or not, (I say it's not lol).


Whole Plant

As a YAY! moment, my first sunflower is FINALLY opening lol

Thanks for any help!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010 09:10:52 PM »

OK, I'm no plant expert, but I'm pretty sure thats a morning glory.  No veggies.  And it spreads like crazy!!  My moms got tons of it in her yard!  I like it.

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010 09:46:01 PM »

My first guess was morning glory, but the leaves look different, and all the morning glories I've seen have smoother flowers. I'm curious to know what it is though.
Congrats on the sunflower!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010 10:27:57 PM »

This is really peaked my interest. The plant looks familiar but can't quite pinpoint it. We have some similar plants but they are considered weeds here and the flowers are smaller. The leaves are edible. I thought morning glories were vines. I love morning glories but don't have them here.  That sunflower is beautiful. Hope someone knows the answer.
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2010 01:34:44 AM »

I googled morning glorys and the ones I saw were all vines. This one is not a vine. it is pretty tall a foot or so probably and seems to be growing up still. It also has multipule flower shoots comeing out of the one root spot. I am planning to go to a nursery here when I have time, and get good pictures of some other things in our yard we're wondering about. But this one is really bugging us. I've tried googleing it but I can't seem to find this flower with matching leaves yet.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010 02:01:17 AM »

Now I'm really caught up in this. I just asked my hubby and DIL and they both independently said that it looks like a vine. (even though I can't see the little thingies that latch on to climb.) Wow. This still looks familiar but I can't put my finger on it. I'd really be interested in knowing what it is.
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2010 03:52:32 AM »

so I think it's a mallow plant,
latin name : malva sylvestris, you can eat the flowers and the leaves

here is the picture link, it's in French but I can help you to translate ....
If you're interested in mallow recipes I have some

have a good day

« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2010 04:46:26 AM »

it looks a lot like something that grows as a weed here in Israel, a quick wiki-search proved the english name to be malva

if it is that, the leaves are edible after a quick steaming, either filled like vine leaves or cabbage leaves, or cooked in water with tons of lemon juice...yum
(try looking for "hubeza" in traditional palestinian recipes)
as kids, we used to eat the tiny fruits of it (stripped from their outer leaves) whenever we passed a patch where they grew.
they are really low maintenance, being weeds.
I'd keep them  Smiley

« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2010 11:20:25 AM »

Thanks guys!! I'm inclined to agree that it probably is a mallow after googling for it. I found this
http://www.coldclimategardening.com/2008/08/12/bibor-felho-the-purple-cloud/  The others were close but the flower seemed to have a different shape, but this seems to be exactly like what I have. Thanks again for all your help. I think it's going to stay in our yard untill it dies off this winter... it's just tooooo pretty to rip out lol.
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2010 05:51:27 PM »

I can tell you for positive it is a mallow. It looks to me to be the exact color that we sell in our greenhouse. The color is called Merlin's Magic. I grow it outside in my flower bed. It is a perennial in most places. Depending on your zone. In my zone it is touch and go and usually has to be planted because of extreme winter temps. If your winters are milder it will probably come back up in spring. Don't worry about it spreading because the only way they will spread is by reseeding. If you pick the seed pods off you won't have any popping up unwanted. Hope this info helps and I hope you enjoy it! They are very pretty plants.

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