Weed or Treasure??

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Date Photo Taken: 07/29/2014
Location: Beaufort, SC
Posted By: lynne18


In my garden I have growing an extraordinarily fast plant. It has 6 umbrella shaped leaves on very sturdy stems. At night the leaves fold inward and reopen in the morning. I never planted it and this is the first time in 6 years that it has emerged. Do I have a unique plant or just a big useless weed?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


  1. Metrosideros Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like Senna obtusifolia, Sicklepod Senna.

    July 31st, 2014 at 2:48 am
  2. lynne18 Registered says:

    Thank you for identifying it. Definitely not a treasure.

    July 31st, 2014 at 10:08 am
  3. Jennifer Christie Unregistered says:

    However, it is a host for the caterpillar of the Cloudless Sulphur butterfly. Leave it be and pick off the seed pods and garbage them.

    July 31st, 2014 at 5:41 pm
  4. Mommahouse Unregistered says:

    Yes,thanks! I need to go do some weeding this weekend!

    August 1st, 2014 at 5:28 am
  5. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Ditto what Jennifer said…. Keep the coffee weed!

    There’s no need to pick off the beans…. The plant just isn’t that weedy.

    Incidentally, coffee weed is a great plant for improving the soil… I wish it would spread…

    At my house, it just comes up in the same spot each year.

    August 1st, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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