The most problematic wild herbs in my garden are the perennials. I'm much more willing to allow an unknown annual to grow in my garden than an unknown perennial.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
If a cross-section of the stem is square, I'd guess something in the mint family which is usually accompanied with some sort of distinctive smell.
Yeah, having the flower would make it much easier. I'm thinking not a mint, just cuz the leaves don't seem to be in opposing pairs. The day is not far off when you can pinch a piece of leaf tissue, submit it to a desk at the local Walgreen's over the lunch hour, and DNA typing will have your answer faster than you print photos there now.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I don't immediately recognize the species. Based on it's vigorous growth, I'd guess that it sprouted from a rhizome/root, so is a biennial or perennial.
Thank you Joseph, I too think it's from a rhizome. I am going to leave it be, and see what it turns out to be.
John Weiland wrote:The day is not far off when you can pinch a piece of leaf tissue, submit it to a desk at the local Walgreen's over the lunch hour, and DNA typing will have your answer faster than you print photos there now.
We are almost there. This link was in a local pharmacy ad. It's for humans and plants. But far over my head. LINK
As far as the plant ID, keep watching it. Someone here may be able to recognize it in flowering.
Here's a link to some online images...with some possibly similar leaves to yours? the leaves vary some but yours look broader than most of these.
Jonathan D Davis wrote:That's a nightshade (Solanaceae Family) for sure. Looks quite close to a tomatillo or cape gooseberry.
Yes, I think it must be a ground cherry!
Euell Gibbons used to eat all ground cherries according to his books.
I should say almost entire especially in some of the earlier photos shallow teeth along the leaf margins are visible. Still interesting leaves for a Physalis!
In any case, it's certainly exciting!