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Flower or Weed

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by rcreff, Jul 6, 2012.


Flower or Weed

  1. Flower

  2. Weed

  1. rcreff

    rcreff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    So, we just took over landscaping a new yard. The owners want to us to be careful of exotic flowers that look like weed. I think this is a weed but could use your expertise...

    Is this a flower or weed?


  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    It's a Poppy. ??? One persons weed is another person flower.
  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 826

    Correct, Isn't the definition of a weed, any species of plant that is unwanted in the area? For example, you guys up north consider Bermuda grass as a weed, My whole lawn is bermuda grass and I consider fescue a weed here.
  4. rcreff

    rcreff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Can you identify it and would you keep it or pull it?

    You all are awesome. Thanks for the help!

  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,051

    I dunno, but that first one... it looks like they FEED it, so I'd keep my distance!
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    The last one looks like some kind of lambs ear.
  7. rcreff

    rcreff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    They feed it blood and I think it sings...very funny. Took me a minute to figure out the joke. Just saw the water dish!!!
  8. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 826

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. My next door neighbor has some of that in their backyard. That stuff multiplies and spreads like a weed. 3 years ago they put one tiny plant underneath a Maple in their backyard and it has completely spread around the entire base of the tree in about a 3 ft diameter.
  9. Jbh0724

    Jbh0724 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    You just need to find out if the customer wants it there. If it were my yard I would pull it. Its a weed to me but the customer may like it. Definition of a weed is something growing where it isn't wanted. Good point about the bermuda being a weed up north, but its sought after here in Georgia.
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  10. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    The second one could be in the Mullein family ( Verbascum sp.) The rosette is similar to lambs ear and things like that, but the leaf structure is a bit different than the ones we grow here.

    What type of soil is there? Is it sandy and course?

    The flower itself leads me to think of some-thing in the Dogbane family or Hemp.

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