The Grow System
So far I have been unable to ID this. I have just been waiting for it to grow up and flower. (So many plant photos show just the flowers.)
The plants were unintended hitchhikers with a plant from Northern Idaho.
Thanks for any help.
@shllnzl I am afraid I am of not much help but from what I can tell there are at least two different plants in there.
A pic with more details would be helpful e. g. Leaves up close. Is there some withe sap when you break a stem?
@shllnzl Are the leaves soft or fuzzy? Are they lighter underneath? It looks like the veining is off a central rib, is that correct?
Agreed that a close-up pic would be helpful. From this distance (and with the caveat that I am not an expert at identifying plants!), my first thought would be that the little swirly plant on the bottom right looks kind of like a tiny dandelion, and the leaves on the plant on the bottom left look to me like something from the mint family. But again, it's a bit hard to see in there, and I know there are people on these forums who are more qualified to comment than I am!
Oh, and, just a suggestion, I have that app called PlantSnap and like it. Might be worth trying here if you can get access to it?
iNaturalist is good too.
I looked closer and there are at least 4 species of plants coming up in that pot. I took better photos of the two main types and saved them in a larger file size. The curved leaved plant has a white latex in stem.
Thanks for the help. I will pursue plant apps.
The smooth leaved plant looks like a mint but doesn't smell like one.
@shllnzl Much better close ups! Not a botanist but could the bottom one be burdock? Not sure about the first one. I'm sure I've seen it before but no idea where or what it was.
@shllnzl I second possible burdock for pic #2. But, please be careful to find out what it is before using, as cocklebur is often confused with burdock and is toxic. Check out the differences through reliable ID sources.
As I suggested before, iNaturalist could be of help. These pictures should be good enough to upload for ID.
Yeah, seeing those closer I definitely wouldn't think either of them are what they looked like to me from far away. Please let us know what you determine! :)
To determine if the first plant is a mint, check the stem. Mints have square stems.
@shllnzl Did you ever ID those weeds? Did you see the discussion on weed ID sites? I don't know if California's will help, but it might!
Please feel free to add any other sites that you find to that thread.
I never did ID these weeds and the plant in the bottom photo died. These pots were inherited from Idaho.
Here is an update to the top photo.
Looks like something in the Boraginaceae family with those hairs on the stems. Are the leaves hairy, too? Maybe one of the many Pulmonaria species???
@torey Thanks for the suggestion. That family comes close, no exact match yet.
It resembles Self heal, heal all, Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata, prior to little purple flowers blooming.
Prunella also has a square stem, if that helps...
@Ferg Oh, really close. The flowers look right, the leaves are not as long as photos I looked up. Hmmm.,,