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Cortland Satsuma
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Hi,

I have several things growing that I have not Id'd. Thought I would post a couple to start.
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weed that grows up to 4', mainly single stocks
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same weed close up of three leaf pattern
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weed that bloomed in May
 
Cortland Satsuma
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here is a close up of the may blooming weed
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bloomed in may zone 7-8
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same
 
wayne stephen
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First photo looks like the tallest lespedanza I have ever seen . Chinese bush clover. The yellow flowers are what we call buttercup around here.
 
Cortland Satsuma
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@wayne

I had consider the same ( lespedanza ); but, was wondering if it is possibly something else, since it grows so tall. It is growing very well on the property and scattered throughout, with one large patch in a sunny opening in the loblolly pines. Maybe, some one else has it and knows for sure. The second is quite different from the short plants we call buttercups; however, since we did not know what it was we did mow it down since the goats and alpacas forage there. My guides which showed tall buttercup have a very different flower...the petals are all wide and rounded. The stuff we mowed was very thin and pointed. The other thing I noted was they grow from a low clump of long leaves, somewhat like an english daisy. I am sure it will be back next year; so I hope to know for sure...cultivate or kill, lol
 
Jonathon Coombes
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The second weed is nothing like what I understand buttercups to be either. It does look very much like what is known as fireweed around here (senecio madagascariensis). This is different to the purple fireweed that is more common in the USA. The yellow daisy-like flowers and the leaves seem to match fireweed, and if so, it was probably a good thing you mowed it down. Not only is it a serious weed here in NSW due to quick spreading, but it is known to be toxic to horse and donkeys, so may well have affected your alpacas as well.
 
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@Jonathon

I think you are either right or in the correct family! I did some checking, and while what was growing has some slight variances (Ht, color, shape); overall, it does appear to be a type of fireweed. The alpacas and goats did not eat any, thankfully. I will continue next spring to eradicate any additional patches that pop up. Thank You!
 
mitch brant
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The Yellow Flowering plant is a Ragwort. Not sure of the species.
 
Michael Cox
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Seconded with the yellow flowers being ragwort - toxic to animals. Pull it up by the roots before it goes to seed. Don't leave it on the ground as it becomes more palletable when wilted. Don't make hay with it in the field.

Wear gloves when you pull it as the sap is supposed to be toxic to humans and is absorbed through the skin.
 
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I consider ragwort initially, due to the flower. However, the leaves, base, and bloom season are completely wrong. I believe Jonathon has it right with a type of fireweed closely related to the one he specified. In any case, this is one weed that is not staying! No signs of it currently; I will be quick to act if it is back again in the early spring of next year. With toxic plants, I always use extra caution on removal; making sure that the plants and sap does not touch my skin. Thank you!
 
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