Mystery Monday (8/11/14): Can You ID Me?

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    Jill Staake
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    Here we go with Mystery Monday! Can you ID this plant from just a leaf? Hint: It’s NOT illegal to grow this, even outside of Colorado! I’ll be back later with the answer. Let’s hear your guesses!



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    steve232__nc
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    Jill that sure looks like lupine to me.


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    Gayle
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    Cleome


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    Grandmaof2
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    I agree with Gayle.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Looks like cleome to me as well….known to some as Spider flower.


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    margba
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    Mt laurel?


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    It sure looks like the cleome I have grown for years, today I need to pull mine out, about this time every year the stink bugs come after it so it has to go.


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    narnian
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    Castor Bean?


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    Gayle
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    Castor Bean is a good guess too.   Either that or Cleome., but I’m still leaning toward Cleome.


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    ili Z.9
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    I am with Narnian….love that plant, even though is poisonous, the seeds (flowers?) are deep orange…nice size bush around here


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    Jill Staake
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    Many good guesses today! This particular leaf is from Cleome, commonly known as Spider Flower, so kudos to those who got it right!

    In addition to having really attention-grabbing flower heads, cleome (Cleome hassleriana) is a host plant for butterflies in the White family (Pieridae), including Cabbage Whites and Checkered Whites. If you’re having problems with these caterpillars attacking your cabbage or collard crop, you might want to try planting cleome nearby and transferring the caterpillars to it.

    Eggs of Cabbage White caterpillars on a cleome pod:

    The downsides to cleome: many varieties have thorns along the stem, making them a bit of a pain to handle. The leaves bear a striking resemblance to marijuana leaves, so you may get the occasional sideways look from guests if your plants aren’t currently blooming. We grow this plant at our butterfly garden in the spring, and pretty routinely at least one of our non-blooming plants is stolen (ripped from the ground, usually!) by someone who is probably pretty disappointed later on. ;)

    Who else grows and loves cleome? Any tips for those who want to give it a try?


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    Donna
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    I love, love, love Cleome. The only thing I don’t like is the zillions of seeds they drop that may come back the following year. It would be hard to try and clip the pods off before they split, laying down a sheet or something to catch them is not appealing to me. I will just continue to love them. :)


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    steve232__nc
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    I feel so stupid now lol. I have cleome and you would think I would have recognized a leaf I see every day. This is the first year I have grown cleome and I have been seeing a lot more of the cabbage white butterflies than usual lately. I guess now I know why. Not sure I’m really happy to learn it feeds those critters that I fight with over my cabbage and broccoli every spring.     fanged caterpillar smiley


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    tealbirdIA_Z4
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    I Have only planted decorative Kale. Cabbage and other I can get at garden market. I have too many of those butterflies.

    Planted parsley and earlier saw a swallow tail – but no sign of catkins.

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    skippydel13
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    I try and pull everyone of them out but its a never ending job with my neighbor letting the seeds wash down in my yard.  Steve I lost so much in my veggie garden last year because these were growing and got covered in stink bugs and they attacked everything in my garden!  I for one don’t want cleome in my yard!


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