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    Plant Identification?

    Sun May 06, 2012 6:53 pm Groupie
    This plant is a volunteer (we have lots of birds and squirrels who bring things in) and before I spend hours going through my plant encyclopedia, I thought I would see if anyone here could I.D. it. It is about 2 feet tall and seems to be evergreen, since it had leaves all through the worst winter we have had in years. The leaves are a bit waxy in texture. No flowers, but has what looks like buds on it. I hope it is not a weed or something that is going to be 30 feet tall, because I would like to keep it icon_biggrin.gif

    Mon May 21, 2012 12:17 pm Groupie
    I sure would like to know, I've never seen anything like it!
    Tue May 22, 2012 6:44 am
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    Me either ~ have the buds "done" anything yet (as in some kind of bloom)? A type of euphorbia maybe? There are SO many of those.
    Tue May 22, 2012 11:18 am Groupie
    The little bud clusters are still just that. They look like maybe they might turn into a hard berry of some sort. I have a few euphorbias but none that are evergreen, as this plant has proven to be. The birds around here "drop" seeds all of the time. A few years ago I had a "new" plant show up that was nice looking so I left it and now I have a wonderful Star Jasmine! icon_smile.gif

    If it stops raining one of these days icon_rolleyes.gif I'll take some more photos of the mystery plant.
    Tue May 22, 2012 4:16 pm
    Forum Host
    Yeah, my euphorbs aren't evergreen either but I wasn't sure of your zone. So ..... I have google-imaged every imaginable description of this plant and have come up empty. You have a real poser with this one.
    Have you tried the "Name That Plant" forum on GardenWeb. There's hardly a plant that someone there can't identify.
    Tue May 22, 2012 5:36 pm Groupie
    Will look into that site. Never been there.

    Wed May 23, 2012 10:12 am
    Forum Host
    Wow ~ looks like you got your answer over on GW already! There are some pretty amazing identifiers over there. Seems like the plant was familiar to a local in your area.
    I check in at GW on their Plant and Seed exchange forums now and then, and I always check out "Name That Plant" in case I may learn something icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed May 23, 2012 11:31 am Groupie
    So what is it?
    Wed May 23, 2012 11:56 am Groupie
    Here is the answer I got on GW:

    "Daphne laureola or spurge laurel. And you are right - was planted by the birds! Tends to be fairly common in many areas around Puget Sound, to the point where it is now considered a noxious weed."

    and a link to the King County Noxious Weed site:

    That is an amazing Garden web site and thanks for pointing me there!

    The plant will be coming out soon. icon_sad.gif Too bad, because it IS attractive, but since I live in a greenbelt and near a wetlands, I try to keep things like this from spreading.
    Wed May 23, 2012 12:31 pm
    Forum Host
    Well it is (or should I say WAS) a pretty plant Mikey ~ so much for that. I have had my share of attractive "noxious weeds" before and probably will again. Planted my share of bamboo and houttunyia (don't get me started) and nobody said THOSE were noxious ~ sheeeesh.
    So far, no kudzu on the property but don't think I haven't been tempted. But I do have cane grass (arundo donax) and only got that by begging. Maybe not a good plan. Thank goodness I have the room.
    SOOOO glad you found your answer on GW. There is a generally good group of people there (let's just say they are more helpful than the know-it-alls at Dave's Garden ~ whoops, did I just say that??) icon_redface.gif
    Wed May 23, 2012 1:25 pm Groupie
    Yeah, I don't care much for Dave's either! icon_lol.gif
    Wed May 23, 2012 1:38 pm Groupie
    Wonder how it might do confined to a pot indoors?
    Wed May 23, 2012 2:25 pm Groupie
    Don't know. Because of a cat and very little window ledge space, I don't do houseplants. But the County website I linked above says it is very toxic to pets and humans, so take that into consideration if you should decide to try it.

    If I didn't live at the edge of the greenbelt and wetlands, I would just let it go, but will have to find something to replace it, since I have decided I like having a shrub in that spot. (and I don't want any rhodies! The neighbor seems to think gardening involves LOTS of rhodies and most of hers are very large and VERY garrish colors icon_rolleyes.gif )
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