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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: plant identification please Reply with quote

This plant with white flowers has popped up in a clump of Asters and I have no idea what it is.
Does anyone recognise it?



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you take another pic further back, the flowers are also out of focus, my first guess is hydrangea also looks like calcalia but that would be taller another pic and ill be back, if tippen or silver surfer dont get in first. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


This is the same photo zoomed in a bit, hard to get the camera to focus on the fuzzy white flowers.


From a distance it is hidden in the mix but this photo may give a context. I guess it has reached 3-4feet with the support of aster,

It is all this years soft growth, so I would say annual, biennial or perennial. I assumed it was a wildflower but I really don't know.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it might be Philadelphus satsumi. But on closer look I don't think it is. Perhaps Meadowsweet
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not meadow sweet,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me thinks Centranthus but we should wait to see what silversurfer says.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't think its Valerian, but if it is it takes over
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to know this as Eupatorium.
But now it goes under the name Ageratina altissima

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ageratina+altissima&client=firefox-a&hs=8Ok&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=rcs&biw=1536&bih=728&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=znocVJ7QPJHTaIHHgbgF&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageratina_altissima
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silver surfer strikes again
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much everyone for your ideas, Silver surfer you're a gem!

I am so glad I asked. A friend gave me this plant last year with a couple of other plants and over winter I was reading when I came across it and realised it was poisonousness to cattle (we keep a milk cow and a couple of sheep).

Quote from wikipedia.

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White Snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol; when the plants are consumed by cattle, the meat and milk become contaminated with the toxin. When milk or meat containing the toxin is consumed, the poison is passed on to humans. If consumed in large enough quantities, it can cause tremetol poisoning in humans. The poisoning is also called milk sickness, as humans often ingested the toxin by drinking the milk of cows that had eaten snakeroot.

The plants are also poisonous to horses, goats, and sheep


I could not remember where I had planted it or if it had overwintered at all and by now I had completely forgotten about it!

Pity I will be pulling it up as it is quite pretty!

Thanks so much again.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim wrote:
I am so glad I asked. A friend gave me this plant last year with a couple of other plants and over winter I was reading when I came across it and realised it was poisonousness to cattle (we keep a milk cow and a couple of sheep).

Quote from wikipedia.

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White Snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol; when the plants are consumed by cattle, the meat and milk become contaminated with the toxin. When milk or meat containing the toxin is consumed, the poison is passed on to humans. If consumed in large enough quantities, it can cause tremetol poisoning in humans. The poisoning is also called milk sickness, as humans often ingested the toxin by drinking the milk of cows that had eaten snakeroot.

The plants are also poisonous to horses, goats, and sheep
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Phew that was close
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The snakeroot is currently safe in a flower bed, well away from grazing animals and I doubt I would have propagated it enough to ever cause any risk but I like to be safe not sorry.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dam wasn't even close Sad
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