Mid Atlantic Gardens - Yours, Ours and Theirs forum: Plant Identification Requests ~ #3 ~ March 2012

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Mar 22, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Note from the Admin Team: We've moved bit's plant ID inquiry to the new thread, to start a whole new growing season's worth of the identifying of mystery plants!

We came from here: http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/67564/


I hope it's OK to revive this old thread. I'd like a little ID help. Not sure if this is an escaped herb or something wild.

This guy popped up right next to my greenhouse and almost got pulled up with the other weeds. But something made me decide to taste it Whistling and it's delicious! So, I'd love to know what it is and whether I can have it for dinner Hilarious!

Whole plant:
Thumb of 2012-03-22/bitbit/2b7a43

One stem/leaf:
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I have fairly small hands... it's probably 7-8" from the first leaflet to the tip.

The taste is a lot like cilantro, but the plant doesn't look right, and I don't think cilantro would survive outside all winter. Does cilantro get huge and purple-stemmed when it goes feral? Or does it have a cousin? Rolling on the floor laughing
Mar 22, 2012 7:53 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Never grown cilantro- Parsley though would survive. Are they cousins Big Grin
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Mar 23, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I do have parsley growing as well, but it looks pretty different. Ive never seen such large leaves or purple stems on parsley, maybe I have a neighbor who grows an unusual type Confused
Mar 23, 2012 7:18 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I am watching with interest.
The purple stem sets off a red flag in my mind, don't eat too much till you get this identified.
No cilantro I know of has a colored stem, nor parsley .

Did you perhaps plant lovage? , while it dose not have a colored stem ,it may be the early growth and cool weather Confused
Lovage is a perennial here, mine is just comming up
Thumb of 2012-03-23/gardengus/c28a04
the plant behind the tag is celery , it wintered over , but no color on the stem there either.
Mar 23, 2012 8:07 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Cinda, I spit out the piece I tasted Whistling . Probably still unwise, I know, but I promise not to actually eat any until I know what it is Angel

I actually just planted lovage for the first time - I got it in this winter's seed swap - but it's still inside germinating. Even if I somehow dropped a seed outside, it wouldn't have had time to get so big. There are a lot of gardeners in my neighborhood, so it's entirely possible that a bird dropped the seed sometime earlier, though. Does lovage usually grow from a center point like that? I thought it was much more upright, but maybe that comes later in the season.

Another thought... do cilantro or parsley hybridize with any wild plants around here? I've planted cilantro from saved seed and not seen anything like this, but I know my neighbor lets her parsley flower every year, so it could be from that.
Mar 27, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Lovage smells like celery.
Mar 27, 2012 3:03 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks for the tip, Loretta! My lovage seedlings are still much too small to smell Whistling

I think this was definitely in the family Apiaceae, which contains lots of edibles (carrot, parsley, cilantro, parsnip, lovage) but also a number of seriously poisonous plants. Probably best that I didn't eat it - though I maintain that it was delicious, somehow more cilantro-y than cilantro Hilarious!

It's all moot now. My husband did a bunch of weeding this weekend. I saw the plant was gone (I'd previously asked him not to bother it until I got an ID, but I can't be upset because he did a bunch of weeding, after all) and asked him about it.

Husband: Oh, that was a wild cilantro.
Bit: How do you know?
Husband: It smelled like soap when I pulled it up.

Rolling on the floor laughing

He's obviously not a cilantro person.
Mar 27, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Bummer! Sometimes I think they do stuff like that on purpose, 'cause they know you're not gonna fuss if they're helping!
Mar 27, 2012 5:32 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
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Rolling on the floor laughing Soapy it is too!!
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Mar 28, 2012 9:56 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Apr 2, 2012 8:41 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Hilarious! Too funny - and you're right, at least he WAS trying to help. I've heard of spousal units who try to "help" in not so helpful ways, to ensure that they will NOT be asked again. Whistling

Sorry you didn't get a definite ID, Bit, but also very glad you didn't get poisoned! Big Grin
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Apr 10, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Sorry I just came back to this thread. I think I read it on my phone and then it slipped my mind to come back when I was on the computer.

I don't think he was being spiteful. He does as much work as I do in the garden (OK, he really does even more than me Whistling ), so I'm sure he wasn't trying to get out of anything.

I'm not worried about losing one more weed. It just really piqued my curiosity. I don't know enough about wild edibles to really know what's safe, so I'll stick with what I grow myself (well, and occasional dandelion salads). I have no intention of getting poisoned! Big Grin

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