Plant ID by Facebook

This summer I’ve been bitten by the botanical bug and channeling my inner 5 year old asking “what’s that?” of every plant I see.

I have Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide at home but my plant identification skills are rather rusty so when I stumbled across this large Facebook group, Plant Identification, my biggest issue has been not spamming it with ALL THE PLANTS.

Here’s a smattering of the plants I’ve seen in Massachusetts this summer that I added to the group for identification.

Common Milkweed. Asclepias syriaca.

I usually only notice it when the seeds burst later in the year but now that I know what I’m looking for, it has been so pretty to watch through all its stages.Milkweed plant id common weeds

Pokeweed. Phytolacca americana.

I’m really tempted to dig one of the many plants in the yard up this fall to make a tincture out of its root. But it is toxic so I’d have to handle with care not to mention get a proper shovel! In complete honesty, I’m rather lazy and will probably skip it.Pokeweed common weed plant id

Prickly Lettuce. Lactuca serriola.

This is the one that really got me hooked on using the Facebook group! The detective work that went into this ID included me driving home between dinner at a Korean restaurant and dessert at a coffee shop to get better shots. Plant Id prickly Lettuce common weed

Prickly Lettuce milky sap plant id common weed

Poison Ivy. Toxicodendron radicans

Plant Id poison ivy common weed

Conyza. Erigeron canadensis.

Conzya common weeds plant id

Norway Maple. Acer platanoides.

Norway Maple. Plant Id common weeds

I posted this college on Instagram with #plantid hashtag but dropped a single picture of the top left plant and within minutes got an ID. I should’ve known it was articum lappa (Greater Burdock) since it’s everywhere and even saw on my plant walk in June!

There were a couple more, but you get the idea! What about you? Do you use social media to decode your weed-ridden lawn as well? Share your plant identification tips please, I could use the help!