Unknown plant, probably a weed

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Date Photo Taken: 07/29/2014
Location: Walton County, GA
Posted By: JuanVidal


First photos did not get uploaded. Here is the description previously sent:

It just appeared here in the area near Athens, GA, a year or so ago. Dies back in late fall. Three feet or so tall, tendency to become prostrate. Small retrorse thorns or barbs. Has never bloomed, so can’t key out by flowers.


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Compare to coralbean. Wikipedia reports: Coral Bean grows as a low shrub or small tree, reaching around 5 m (16 ft) in height in areas that do not kill it back by freezing;[2] elsewhere it may only reach 1.2 m (3.9 ft). Stems are covered in curved spines.

    August 12th, 2014 at 11:36 pm
  2. Jim Unregistered says:

    Doesn’t appear to be the coralbean shown here: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ERFL7
    Happen to know the botanical name, Bobby?

    August 13th, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  3. JuanVidal Unregistered says:

    It is probably Erythrina herbacea, Cherokee bean; it does not seem to bloom in north Georgia.

    August 13th, 2014 at 8:54 pm
  4. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Jim as noted in the Floridata link with my comment: Erythrina herbacea
    Common Names: coral bean, Cherokee bean
    Family: Fabaceae/Leguminosae (bean Family)

    August 14th, 2014 at 2:52 pm
  5. JuanVidal Unregistered says:

    Bobby and Jim: Thanks for the comments which helped me find what is probably the right species.

    August 14th, 2014 at 2:57 pm
  6. Jim Unregistered says:

    Thank you, Bobby. I’m pretty much embarrassed that I somehow got off into searching the USDA database for coral bean, with my brain somehow not noticing you had provided the link to botanical info.

    August 17th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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