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Title: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: buzzbee on August 09, 2008, 11:49:25 am
Please post any pictures or plant descriptions in this thread for discussion and identification.If you could also add what zone your in it may be easier to ID.
When replying with an answer,let us know if it may be a nectar or pollen producer if you know.Hope this is a help to some of you!! :)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: buzzbee on September 27, 2008, 12:25:25 pm
Can anyone ID this flower?
(http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/5732/dsc00153zz8.th.jpg) (http://img264.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc00153zz8.jpg)(http://img264.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif) (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: mtman1849 on September 27, 2008, 01:11:23 pm
it may be blue flax
http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/Wildflower.asp?ID=78

or maybe forget-me-nots
http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/Wildflower.asp?ID=74

not sure
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: poka-bee on September 27, 2008, 01:58:34 pm
could be the flax, definately not forget me nots, leaves are wrong. :)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Cindi on September 30, 2008, 10:40:16 am
Ken, kind of leaning towards flax.  I know the camera cannot pick up the colour blue very well, and depicts that colour as pink to the human eye.  I have taken pictures of the flowers on chives, which are definitely blue (purple I would say, but in gardening jargon, purple is called blue) and the pictures show pink flowers.  Eeeks!!!  Beautiful, most wonderful days, Cindi
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: MsBeehavin on December 03, 2008, 08:21:36 pm
Buzzbee, it could also be a Gentian.  There are several different types of Gentian, and they are widely spread across most of the country, and they do attract pollinating insects.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: reinbeau on December 03, 2008, 08:27:56 pm
Nope, not flax, not gentian.  That looks like a wild dianthus, but the leaves are very fuzzy, I can't see them quite well enough.  Can you post a clearer picture of the leaves and flowers?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Cindi on December 03, 2008, 11:14:55 pm
Hmm, I wonder if it is calibrachoa (million bells), a member of the petunia family?  Beautiful day in this great life.  Cindi
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Scadsobees on December 04, 2008, 09:29:48 am
It doesn't look exactly like it, but what about phlox?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Cindi on December 04, 2008, 11:01:30 am
No, phlox looks different.  Cindi
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: irerob on March 23, 2009, 11:32:32 pm
 OK any one know what this is? My neighbor calls it a firecracker plant.
  It's a small tree they grow about 10-12 feet high.
All I know for sure is the bees LOVE it and it stinks to high heaven when we burn the pruned limbs?
http://img26.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=hpim1393.jpg
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: JP on March 24, 2009, 12:08:41 am
OK any one know what this is? My neighbor calls it a firecracker plant.
  It's a small tree they grow about 10-12 feet high.
All I know for sure is the bees LOVE it and it stinks to high heaven when we burn the pruned limbs?
http://img26.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=hpim1393.jpg

Bottlebrush http://floridagardener.com/pom/Callistemon.htm


...JP
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: irerob on March 25, 2009, 08:57:36 pm
 Thank you JP could not find any thing about it under firecracker tree
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: JP on March 26, 2009, 12:13:28 am
Your welcome irerob!


...JP
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: patook on May 03, 2009, 11:39:35 pm
I thought these were Dandelions but the dark stigma's make me wonder. What are these flowers?

Flower
(http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww56/pstook/cimg2487Modified.jpg)


Leaf
(http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww56/pstook/cimg2485Modified.jpg)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: reinbeau on May 05, 2009, 04:52:01 pm
Yep, that's a dandelion, it must be a natural variation.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: patook on May 06, 2009, 04:13:20 am
Yep, that's a dandelion, it must be a natural variation.

Wow, my field is filled with this variation. I am very glad they are dandelions.  Last year my wife and daughter went to parks and collected dandelion seeds to scatter on my property, but they were the "normal" looking dandelions.

Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: dragonfly on May 07, 2009, 11:13:59 pm
patook- that is called Texas Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus multicaulis), also called false dandelion and pata de Leon.
True dandelion is Taraxacum officionale. This is the one that has edible leaves. The Texas dandelion green is edible, but has to be parboiled due to the bitterness.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: patook on May 08, 2009, 12:13:48 am
Is it as good a pollen/nectar source as the true ?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: dragonfly on May 08, 2009, 12:43:41 am
I have both varieties here, and what I have observed is a definite preference for the common dandelion. I see tiny solitary bees working the Tx variety more often than honeybees.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Shawn on May 12, 2009, 04:31:32 pm
Here is a plant, weed, flower that came up in my flower patch. It kind of has the look of a dasiy with a small yellow flower that looks like a dandelion. Any suggestions?

 (http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/1863/dscf6711.th.jpg) (http://img2.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf6711.jpg)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: reinbeau on May 15, 2009, 09:31:14 am
Hard to see, but it looks like one of the hawkweeds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkweed).  Does it look like this in bloom?

(http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/assets/organicweeds/mouse_ear_hawkweed1.jpg)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: patook on May 25, 2009, 05:12:16 am
What are these three? I think one might be beebalm and one might be clover.
Is this beebalm?
(http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww56/pstook/dsci0078Modified.jpg)

Is this some kind of clover?
(http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww56/pstook/dsci0079.jpg)

What is this???
(http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww56/pstook/dsci0077Modified.jpg)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: G3farms on May 25, 2009, 09:10:32 am
patook...............the middle pic is yellow or hop clover.

G3

How do you post your pics to make them open in the post??? instead of the links or thumbnails on imageshack, I don't like image shack at all.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Cindi on May 25, 2009, 11:50:14 am
Hmm, the middle one, I thought looked like birdsfoot trefoil.  Could be the yellow clover though.  Beautiful day, love to live life, health.  Cindi
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Irwin on May 25, 2009, 01:16:24 pm
The middle one does it have a round prickly seed pod when it's done blooming
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: patook on May 25, 2009, 02:30:21 pm
How do you post your pics to make them open in the post??? instead of the links or thumbnails on imageshack, I don't like image shack at all.

I use photobucket and the [ I M G ] tag.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: G3farms on May 25, 2009, 02:39:52 pm
The top one is definately not bee balm, it is a red rounded cluster.

the middle one is out of focus, might be hop clover, wild indigo

still working on the third one

G3
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Shawn on May 26, 2009, 07:50:46 pm
reinbeau, not really. The shoots have what appear to have blooms coming on but they never open. I think UIm just going to pull it because I didnt plant it there so I believe it is some kind of weed.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Irwin on July 14, 2009, 11:42:54 am
Ken I can't find start new topic on plant ID so I'll just tag along. This weed started up here last year it gets about 2 to 3 feet tall can anybody tell me what it is and it's loaded with pollen.


http://picasaweb.google.com/irwin453/024?authkey=Gv1sRgCNnXkIi-6rrXJQ#
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: G3farms on July 14, 2009, 01:11:56 pm
can not locate it in the field guide for the eastern region.

kind of a funny looking flower with the pistil just laying down on the petals.

Are the bees working it?

G3
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Irwin on July 14, 2009, 01:14:37 pm
Not the one's by the house but I seen one on it out in a field.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: reinbeau on July 22, 2009, 10:15:14 pm
Irwin, it's Evening Primrose or Oenothera biennis (http://www.altnature.com/gallery/Evening_Primrose.htm).
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Irwin on July 23, 2009, 09:07:29 am
Thank you Ann :)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Cindi on July 23, 2009, 01:32:14 pm
Ann, you never cease to amaze me with your incredibly vast knowledge of plants (the "common" names and the Latin, which you always know), smiling.  Good for you girl, you go, girl, go!!!  I know many plants by both the common and Latin name, but usually am more intune with the common.

Evening Primrose.  I remember growing that when I had my nursery business.  Such a beautiful description in the seed catalogue.  I was very disappointed when I grew it and it turned out to be such a weedy, huge plant.  Part of the description was that it was extremely fragrant.  Perhaps my soils do not support this type of plant to have a sweet fragrance, but I never smelled nothing, no sweet scent that I thought would prevail through my gardens.  I wound up ripping the many plants out, they were not tame enough for the areas that I chose for them to grow in.

Now Valerian.  Holy smokin' smokes!!!  I must get a picture of the Valerian out the back of my Sister's place, perhaps today I'll get out there.  When you are smelling the flowers up closely, they reak!!!  Truly stink.  But.....if you are walking anywhere near the area, the sweet fragrance is nothing short of what will take your breath away.  Don't understand the dynamics of how something can smell so beautifully that distance away, but stink up close.  (By the way, ever smelled Valarian Root capsules, eeeks and more eeks!!!!  I recall that stench so clearly, the capsules didn't taste so badly, but never, ever, smell the bottle that they live in, smiling).  Beautiful days, to love and live, great health.  Cindi
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: reinbeau on July 23, 2009, 01:55:00 pm
Ah, valerian, yes, dried, it stinks like dirty gym socks!  Blech!  But I do love the fragrance in the garden, as you say, from a distance :)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on April 18, 2010, 04:56:07 pm
I have no idea what this is. (would gallberry be this small?) The bees haven't been paying as much attention to it this year as last, but the bumbles love it.

(http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4674/flower4m.jpg) (http://img687.imageshack.us/i/flower4m.jpg/)

This is as big as I can get the image to upload. (It's 4.5 M. but imageshack keeps converting it into a thumbnail - tried settings to no real avail.) hope this is big enough.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Rebecka on April 18, 2010, 07:37:37 pm
It sue looks like the wild strawberry that we have growing under the tulip poplar.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on April 18, 2010, 07:43:21 pm
I should have taken a wide shot too, that's a little piece of a small tree
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Rebecka on April 19, 2010, 02:20:37 am
really? could you get a pic of the leaves..up close ?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on April 19, 2010, 11:53:56 am
ok the leaves...(http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4455/leavesu.jpg) (http://img708.imageshack.us/i/leavesu.jpg/) (the flowers are about 1/4" for scale)

and the tree from a few feet away

(http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4743/thetree.jpg) (http://img708.imageshack.us/i/thetree.jpg/)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: AllenF on April 19, 2010, 11:58:31 am
Looks like   Ilex vomitoria.     Commonly called Yaupon Holly, Yaupon, or Cassina.   People used to make tea out of it.   
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on April 19, 2010, 12:44:17 pm
...we do have puke plants around here; that's a possibility that didnt occur to me.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: AllenF on April 19, 2010, 12:48:10 pm
So you have heard of the black drink?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on April 19, 2010, 01:01:14 pm
I haven't heard it called that, I did hear somewhere that that the local natives used a tea from it to treat certain ailments.
I can't figure what they'd treat by  inducing vomiting - it would mean that someone ate something worse than puke tea to start with.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: AllenF on April 19, 2010, 01:30:42 pm
Native Americans used the leaves and stems to brew a tea called asi or black drink for male-only purification and unity rituals. The ceremony included vomiting, and Europeans incorrectly believed that it was the drink itself that caused it (hence the Latin name). The active ingredient is actually caffeine, and the vomiting was either learned or as a result of the great quantities in which they drank the beverage coupled with fasting.

I made the tea once in college.   I used sugar to sweeten it like today's sweet tea.  It was ok.  The bush I had got cut down a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Shawn on May 21, 2010, 10:13:04 pm
Here is a straight stem flower with red flowers clustered at the end. Sorry for no real good pictures. The area where it is planted is the "area of the nuknown." I get packets of seeds in from different places and sow them in this area. Does anyone know what the flower is

(http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/3783/dscf8056y.th.jpg) (http://img195.imageshack.us/i/dscf8056y.jpg/)

(http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/4154/dscf8059f.th.jpg) (http://img690.imageshack.us/i/dscf8059f.jpg/)

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/1452/dscf8060.th.jpg) (http://img121.imageshack.us/i/dscf8060.jpg/)

(http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9896/dscf8061d.th.jpg) (http://img18.imageshack.us/i/dscf8061d.jpg/)

Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: AllenF on May 22, 2010, 08:44:17 am
The red flowers are Sweet William.
Title: What variety of soybeans have purple blooms?
Post by: Bamabww on April 18, 2011, 04:15:52 pm
A local bee keeper told me that the purple bloom variety of soybeans is a good plant for honey production in our area (north Alabama). He said to avoid the white bloom variety.

Neither my county agent or local Farmer's Exchange Co-Op have been able to identify a purple bloom variety.  I've Goggled and can find a picture of not a name.

Anyone familiar with a purple bloom soybean that the bees can use early on and the deer can graze later?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: BlueBee on April 18, 2011, 09:06:24 pm
Bama, there’s millions of purple flowered soy beans grown here in Michigan.  Since there isn’t a weed to be seen in the fields, I would assume the purple ones the farmers plant here are GM soybeans (Roundup ready soybeans).  I rarely see any bees on them here though.  I’ve been told there are numerous cultivars of soy beans and that bees love some and hate others.  The soybeans grown down your way are probably different than the ones grown way up here, but I really don’t know.

Good question.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: RC on June 03, 2013, 09:49:01 pm
Anybody know what this plant is?
(http://s18.postimg.org/s21ajqab9/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/s21ajqab9/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/6n5blgxbp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6n5blgxbp/)


Does anyone know what's wrong with my apple tree?
(http://s21.postimg.org/fzwfpd0j7/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/fzwfpd0j7/)

(http://s21.postimg.org/gy87dwohf/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/gy87dwohf/)
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bee Happy on June 09, 2013, 06:55:44 pm
I don't know what the top is, but I think the apple tree might have several problems - I'm no farmer and definitely no apple expert, so I hope I at least invite some more discussion - The spotting and yellowing looks like iron deficiency - the drying (I'm assuming you're making sure it's watered) - could mean a root pest or illness - There's a fruit tree food that may help with root growth. Remember I'm making a - somewhat - educated guess - but if anyone else can say for sure please step up.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: stella on June 13, 2013, 02:22:37 pm
My guess on the top plant is its a Clematis Vitalba.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: JPBEEGETTER on September 30, 2014, 12:08:19 pm
Ken, anyone what is this bloom? wild in the path down to my bees.
(http://s29.postimg.org/y82do66fn/DSC00088.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/y82do66fn/)

(http://s29.postimg.org/sewx1ck5v/DSC00089.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/sewx1ck5v/)

(http://s9.postimg.org/iprq7nezv/DSC00090.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/iprq7nezv/)

Would like for anyone to identify it....  Joel/JPBEEGETTER
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: BlueBee on October 04, 2014, 05:33:48 am
Looks like a fall blooming bulb; Lycoris radiate.  AKA as Spider Lily.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: GSF on October 18, 2014, 08:44:26 pm
Around here we call it a spider lily. It's a backwards plant. It blooms first in the fall then the leaves come out to absorb sunlight for the next year's blooming. Comes up from a bulb. Easy to transplant.
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: Bob Wilson on May 29, 2019, 06:49:54 pm
There are some 15-20 feet holly trees at the entrance of Callaway Gardens' azalea bowl, an hour away from me. This spring there were so many honey bees on the inconspicuous flowers, that I could hear a magnificent droning from a good distance. It was not a Needlepoint or Nellie R Steven. Some kind of Opaca holly perhaps? Would anyone know what kind of holly that might be?
Title: Re: Discuss plant id's here!! PHOTOS and Comments Welcome
Post by: sawdstmakr on May 31, 2019, 04:40:54 pm
Bobil,
Do you have a picture?
Jim Altmiller