Plant ID has become a regular part of Hometalking. I myself don’t have a garden, and plead ignorance when it comes to anything that grows. I must admit though, that I am envious of the knowledge that others have and will be quite overjoyed if I am ever able to do a little “plant ID-ing” myself!
Here are five plants that people have posted on Hometalk, asking for identification. Let’s see if you recognize any.
I posted this picture on facebook this morning. Here’s what I said:
Plant riddle: My leaves are shaped like an oak leaf, but I am a vine. What am I?
Most people guessed poison oak, but they were wrong!
This in fact is a honeysuckle! Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that, though. This had a professional landscape designer stumped!
I certainly didn’t feel bad at all for not knowing the name of this one. It was posted by Erica Glasener, horticulturist, writer, lecturer and gardener. Can you blame me for not knowing if she didn’t?! The plant was sent to her by some relatives in Pensacola, so naturally, The Garden Rebel and Douglas Hunt, both Florida gardening experts, were able to identify it.
This is a plant called Devil’s Backbone. It is a distant relative of the Poinsettia. You can get some tips on how to best care for it here. Just FYI: The sap will burn your eyes so be very careful not to get it on your hands!
The next shrub I want to show you was posted by Marvin in NC. This guy has got it going on in his garden! You’d think he was running his own nursery from the pictures he posts. Anyway, he needed help identifying this tree/shrub. He’s had it for seven years and says it keeps coming back year after year and sometimes grows berries. Do you recognize it?
There actually isn’t a conclusive answer to this one! Many people guessed Pyracantha and Douglas said a Flowering Quince. You can read all the guesses here, but it looks like Marvin will have to wait for the berries and post another picture to figure this one out!
The last picture I want to share was actually posted by Bonnie Yesteday. I shared it on facebook and 31 people came over to help her out.
For some reason, many people on facebook thought it was strawberries. Here it is, take a look:
This is actually Indian Hawthorne, and a very unhappy one at that! Someone suggested digging up the soil and replacing it with organic soil to help perk it up.
Well, that’s it for this round of plant ID. How did you do?
You can test your plant knowledge some more right here.