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I cut a bunch of the pasture a couple weeks ago, we have had almost no rain. I went down there today, the grass is still looking cut, but there there is something I can't ID growing fast and happy in the grass. Either I'm really thrilled with it, since it's fast and happy, or it's going to be a problem, since it's fast and happy, and I need to get it out quickly. It's about 14 inches tall, in 8 inch deep grass. No other data. No guess what it might be. Just the picture, and curiosity. Southern Missouri, zone 6 a or b. Sunny exposure, minimal water.
Do I love it or hate it? Help!!
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https://weedid.missouri.edu/weedinfo.cfm?weed_id=420
 
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I think it’s a milkweed, but there are many varieties.
 
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Does it have milky sap?
 
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Hm... I'll have to check it closer. I have both bush honeysuckle and milkweed I can compare it to. I won't be able to do it today, I'll get out there tomorrow and look closer.
Both are really good options, as both are on the property. They are both familiar, it's possible I have never cut them with a brush cutter and noticed how they look when they grow back.
Thank you for ideas :) I'll get more data.
 
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You can also get a positive ID through your county extension service, just clip one branch and take it to them, won't be any cost for the ID either.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:You can also get a positive ID through your county extension service, just clip one branch and take it to them, won't be any cost for the ID either.


Hi Bryant! Yeah, I have done that with some things. The guy who knows all the plants around here is in an office 40 miles away, the ones in the office in town are occasionally useful. I will do that if I can't figure it out. And their vote is always "spray the hell out of it!" ummm. no.
It sort of looks familiar, like I should know it. I posted it here thinking someone would know it right off, it's not an exotic, and if it grows so easy, seems like everyone else has dealt with it. I have learned a bunch of the things around here to not let get a toehold because they run amok (honeysuckle!) but I'm still learning.
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Looks kinda like milkweed to me, though my varieties up here in NW Missouri have a bit longer leaves, but not as long as a dock.
 
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I can't see from that view whether the leaves are opposite or alternate. Milkweed and honeysuckle both have opposite leaves. I think what you have may be sprouts of American Persimmon. If so, the leaves will be alternate, and the patch of sprouts will most likely be coming from the same base. Persimmon spreads readily by suckers, but they tend to space themselves out a bit.
 
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Heh :) Since there are about 200 baby american persimmons and one big adult tree within 150 feet of it, that's a very good guess too!
Definitely got some of them to compare :)
And lots of milkweed, several types, that I mowed around, so the deer bit it off at about a foot high. Poo. I wanted to see what colors they would bloom. I had walked over to check them when I saw the unknown plant. If you think it's easy to mow around milkweed with a brushcutter, you would be wrong.
I'll go look tomorrow, with better guesses in my head to think on...

 
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