Whatever it is, I’m going to have a lot of it…

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Date Photo Taken: June 12, 2012
Location: Roswell, GA
Posted By: clindsey

Notes:

This plant came up in my raised bed this year – likely from my composted material. I thought for sure it was either squash or cucumber but after seeing the fruit, that does not seem to be the case. Would love to know what this thriving plant is as I will soon have a lot of it.

COMMENTS

  1. Kirk Unregistered says:

    Squashcumber or cuckin. You have a combo deal going on.

    June 15th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
  2. Norma Flower Fanatic says:

    Bless your heart! Yes, you will soon have more than plenty of these plants.

    From what I can tell from these photos, this certainly appears to be a stinging nettle. I have no idea what the botanical name is.

    Whatever you do – do NOT touch these plants with your bare hands.This plant, even in the smallest amounts will cause you to sting and itch almost unbearably.

    There are many ways for this plant to get into your garden . .but only one (that I know of) to get it out. And that’s with RoundUp.

    Digging it out doesn’t do anything as new plants are formed from it’s running roots. Those little ‘fruits’ you see are seed pods. At all costs, avoid letting these babies mature. Otherwise, next year they’ll be in more than just your garden.

    Even though the Roundup will probably prevent these pods from maturing, if they were mine I’d put on some long gloves, long sleeved shirt and long pants and remove then destroy those seed pods.

    I do hope I’m wrong in identifying this plant, but I don’t think I am.

    June 15th, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  3. Buck Unregistered says:

    I have had stinging nettles, but never anything like this. I think it is a squash of some sort – or perhaps a lemon cucumber. Check those. I don’t relate it to a nettle.
    Buck

    June 16th, 2012 at 4:15 pm
  4. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Rest easy Norma. Although some people have sensitivities to different garden foliages I don’t think this is a stinging nettle. I’ll go with Kirk on this one. It looks as if it is only a little compost magic. Walter ‘splains it thusly
    http://www.walterreeves.com/food-gardening/squashpumpkincucumberwatermelon-pollination-explanation/

    June 16th, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  5. Anita Unregistered says:

    Might be Lemon cucumber.

    June 17th, 2012 at 7:47 am

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