Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.
I’m enjoying your photos and trying to learn the seedlings by sight for a large project that I’m two years into.
One problem though, you have this exact photo in another post labelled as “Field madder, Sherardia arvensis Makes me mad.” It does look like what I ID as Bedstraw-which is why I was checking one photo against the other-hence the discovery. (http://sierrafoothillgarden.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/the-story-of-california-natives-gardens-is-the-story-of-weeds/#jp-carousel-2539)
Seedlings are hard. I’ll cross-check elsewhere too but you might want to review these two slides and decide which you believe they are.
Thanks for the slides and your work! Laurie Winslow
Hi Laurie, Thanks for the comment! The two plants, Field madder and Bedstraw are very similar. Sherardia arvensis is smaller scale but the same appearance as Bedstraw or Galium aparine. I thought they were the same, bedstraw, for some time before I discovered the other, field madder.
Check the *first* photo in this post, *Working quietly along with quail*.
This photo shows both, with Bedstraw, Galium aparine, a native on the left and Field Madder, Sherardia arvensis, a non-native on the right. It might give you a clue as to which you have, or both.
I’d be interested in what your project is about and what area you live in. I’ve enjoyed my projects and experiments very much here in my ‘lab.’
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