The first one looks like Butterfly Weed here is a picture of mine.
The second one looks like partridge berry, Mitchella repens.
The first one might be crown vetch, which is grown alongside highways.
The first one is Joepie weed, the second one is MountainTeaberry and the third is Spotted Wintergreen.
This sounds like a radio contest. Are there prizes?
I don't know what number two and three are but the first is Joe Pye weed, as George said. I never win any prizes!
Butterfly Weed comes in a variety of colors, orange, pink, white, yellow, yellow mixed with orange. Joe Pye weed has more burgundy at the tip where the flower opens and the flower is more feathery.and the leaf is rounder.Below are pictures of my Joe Pye Weed.
I am incline to agree with Mariposa on the Butterfly Weed... Traci, I know that it is definitely not Crown Vetch... we have that all over the place, and you are right it is more of a ground cover, the plant in the first pic is a bush. As for the other two, Ill have to check pictures of Partridge Berry, Mountain Teaberry and Spotted Wintergreen. Thank you all for your help and info... I've always been fascinated with 'Wild' plants... I really like learning about wild edibles... never know when it might come in handy.
I didn't know butterfly weed came in pink! Mine is orange.
Elaine if you like i'll save you some of my seed i have pink and white.
Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata), Hollow Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum) and Eastern Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens). I have all of these growing on our Appalachian Mnt. property in Virginia. :) Unlike the hybrids, Native Butterfly Weed has only a yellow to orange bloom. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ASTU
Linda, so that is why I was pretty sure it was not butterfly weed. Mariposa, thanks for your offer but I am moving to AZ so doubtful I can grow it there.
Exactly! You are welcome. I'm glad I could be of help.
ahhhhh, so it's NOT butterfly weed! :-( Does the Joe Pye weed attract Butterflies???
BTW... I have more "weeds" that I would love to have ID... everyone up for the challenge???
Right, it is not a Butterfly weed but Joe Pye weed does attrack butterflies. Btw, I'm your Virginia neighbor!
Where in Virginia... I am in Hampshire County, just on the other side of Capon Bridge
Southwestern part of Virginia near historic Abingdon
If its a milkweed, it will have a milky sap when you break off a leaf or stem. This picture looks like asclepias incarnata or swamp milkweed. I grow this in several of my gardens and it does pop up elsewhere. It is larval plant of the monarch butterfly and ours can get covered with Monarchs. Here is a website to check http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/g410/asclepias-incarnata.aspx
Darlene, you said that the plant in the first picture is a bush? How tall is the plant in the first picture? Is it more of a clump of individual plants? Joe pye weed has leaves that are broader and swamp milkweed has lance shape long leaves. I also have native butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) growing wild and common milkweed which has the broad leaves. The white asclepias incarnata is a cultivar which I also grow and attract a different kind of butterfly. I'm going to take some pictures and post them. I am not an expert but have been studying and growing as many native prairie plants as I can. I will definitely be interested in knowing what you find out.
TJ I still believe it is Butterfly Weed because of the shape of the leaves as I mentioned in a previous post. The milkweed stems are more individual and Joe Pye Weed is more bushy and bunched together. Here is my Milkweed and Joe Pye Weed pictures side by side.
TJ, it is possible it could be milkweed, the area where it is growing is very wet. I am
just SOOOO confused!!!! This picture was actually taken at a relatives house, and there are cattails close by too, and I know they mainly grow near swampy areas.
ok, after looking more closely at the pictures of the Butterfly weed, Joe Pie weed, and the Milkweed, and close up of "my" weed, I would have to say it is NOT Joe Pie, because of the leaves, but the color isn't really right for the Butterfly either (those are mostly orange color range... although the leaf and flower DO look a lot like the Butterfly... The Milkweed is the closest match to all (leaf, flower, color) SO, unless I can get a sample and take to a professional, I guess I'll just have to guess. THANKS TO ALL who have commented, it has really made me study and appreciate the slight nuances of plant life!
As far as I understood Butterfly Weed and Milkweed are variations of Asclepias they are in the same family http://butterflysocietyofva.org/growing_milkweed.htm
Common names, such as "milkweed" vary regionally, which is why the Latin nomenclature is important.
The Asclepias tuberosa family includes the rose-flowered "Swamp milkweed" and the more dainty orange blossomed "butterfly weed." They both have milky sap and distinctive seed pods with silky umbrellas to support their seeds when ripe. The swamp milkweed flower has a very pleasant odor, similar to vanilla. There is a showy cultivar with red, yellow, and orange flowers, tall but slender.
Monarch butterflies are dependent on the Asclepias family for food for their caterpillars, though they will also dine on fennel and dill.
I have learned so much from these discussions it's nice to have a place to share and find out so much :)
I figure Darlene T. has probably learned more than she asked for ;-)