Recognize this weed?

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Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:19 pm

Hello, does anyone recognize this weed? Caught my donkey eating the seed portion and I believe this is what's causing him to founder every winter...AARGH! It can grow up to 3.5 feet tall, has a square stem and the leaves are across from one another. The seed head is what my donkey was eating. I picked this out of my pasture this am. Hoping someone here will recognize it.
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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:25 pm

Square stem and opposite leaves means it is in the mint family. I would contact your county extension agent, they will probably know what it is and if it might be harmful.
Keep calm and canter on.

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:42 pm

Thanks for that suggestion S.F. Just did!

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Josette » Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:09 pm

Are those remnants of milkweed pods on it?

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-phot ... 1606293145

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:29 pm

ok, I looked at the pic that came up Josette and not the stuff up close but in the back it might be. It's not milkweed. In the pic with the leaves that I put up, they are leaves, not dried up pods. Thanks for the try. I suspect the extension office is closed this week for the holiday. Hoping. Thank You!

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:53 pm

I got a response from the extension office. Here is the link to the page: https://michiganflora.net/images.aspx?id=2774 although, I'm not sure I agree with her. May have to wait till summer to compare. Here is what she said: "I believe this is white vervain (Verbena urticifolia). This is a native herbaceous perennial found throughout much of the state. I was not able to find any information mentioning toxicity of this plant." But then again, she may be right.

It's so hard to compare a dried up dead plant to a picture of it live, for me anyways.

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby texsuze » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:51 pm

Some poisonous plants in your state:

https://empoweringmichigan.com/identify ... 2C%20death.

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:36 pm

Thank you so much texsuze for the link.

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Fri Jan 28, 2022 1:50 pm

The co-extention office did guess accurately. I had a forester here this past summer who identified it for me. White Vervain, harmless. My donkey has not foundered this winter...THANK GOODNESS! First winter in 4 years he has not foundered. He's doing really well.

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Re: Recognize this weed?

Postby Saddlebum » Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:18 am

White Vervain


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