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What the “F” is This?

What do you do when something comes up in your garden and you have no idea what it is?

Frankenplant

The easy answer is that you pull it like the weed that it is (or may be). However sometimes something starts growing that in intriguing. Thus we have frankenplant here.

Frankenplant sits on the edge of what I would call my Pumpkin patch.  Last year, after the cucumbers finished themselves for the season, Pumpkins took over this patch. They were weird organic pumpkins, that provided more blooms for the local rabbit population than actual pumpkins (I think only 2 were harvested for decorations on our front porch). And they were bright yellow.

It also sits at the end of a row that had originally been planted with a number of things that never came to pass. As I noted above, we have a rabbit problem that I did not properly fence against. I saw trays of carrots, radishes, beans, cauliflower and broccoli all dug up and killed. Since all the plants were part of a collection of organic seeds I got off Amazon, they were mostly strange and unusual varieties of veggies.

So this year, after plowing the patch and letting is sit for a month, I was faced with Frankenplant here. I figured it was some weird thing I planted that has yet to reveal its nature. 4 feet later, I am still wondering. And thus the Game begins (because I have no clue).

Help me identify it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My descriptions here are entirely non-horticultural (as I am just a garden-variety gardener whose knowledge comes from the back of a Burpee Seed package.

I offer you close ups. The leaves are broad like a banana tree or tobacco leaf. No discernible smell. New growth sprouts from intersections of leaves (much like a tomato plant that you squeeze off when you want to train it).

The branches are surprisingly thick like a succulent.

Its buds are little white flowers.

Hoping to find out whether this is a completely useless weed or if it may grow into something edible.

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2 thoughts on “What the “F” is This?

  1. Hi – my knowledgable friend replied he thought it was American Pokeberry (Pokeweed)….take care as the whole plant is poisonous…
    American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana L.) – find out more here…..
    https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/phytolacca_americana.shtml

    1. I have to manually approve all comments. My site get’s spammed horribly. Its a problem with WordPress. I am working on a plugin that will help. — I agree with the Pokeweed. It is kind of like the garden mascot. It keeps watch over my cucumbers and beans. What is really funny is that I have no recollection of ever seeing this kind of bush before. And just last week, we were flooded with thunderstorms. In the deluge plain near our local swimming pool, an entire field of Pokeweed was crushed over.

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