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This weed growing in this shovel handle

This weed growing in this shovel handle

pancakesiguess

It became the very thing it sought to destroy


Benjojo09

I HATE YOU!


ElucidMid_

You were my brother , Little Weed… I loved you…


cos_tan_za

Bruh, I don't see any weed. Those are lucky charms.


magnament

Star berry flavoured


Ubergoober166

I always imagined clovers to have a minty flavor but I've never been brave enough to find out.


suki626

These look like they're probably wood sorrel, aka sour clover. They have a sour, lemony taste


ColoneISanders

Someone whose siblings and self grew up eating clovers (or wood sorrels as these are called) can confirm. We also ate their ~~buds/unopened flowers~~ seed pods (thanks u/BetterCalldeGaulle) and my siblings and I called them "pickles". They aren't bad tasting and a little sour (especially the ~~buds~~ pods)


BlankeTheBard

Fun fact - wood sorrel's genus is *Oxalis* because the plant contains oxalic acid, which is what gives the plant its sour taste.


ixikei

Yes! It's incredibly delicious. But the oxalic acid can cause kidney stones if you eat too much It's also a completely different than clovers.


PixelPantsAshli

When I was little, my elderly neighbor Mr Weiss showed me that these were edible. I still think of him whenever I see one.


turkeyfox

This is the most wholesome way a "when I was a kid my elderly neighbor took me into the woods to eat strange plants" story could go.


BetterCalldeGaulle

Those were the seed pods not buds.


ColoneISanders

Ah yeah, that makes more sense. Wasn’t sure what it was called. Thanks!


exquisitejades

You can eat the entire plant, so they may have been eating the flower buds.


alien_clown_ninja

Specifically yellow wood sorrel


DoingAHeckinGeck

Thank you for giving me the name! I love this stuff, and pop a little in my mouth every time I see it (unless it may have been trampled or peed on, of course)


magnament

You can eat the base where the stem meets the petals. It’s just sugary. Makes sure they aren’t sprayed with pesticides first.


Rokronroff

The whole plant is edible, in fact.


JEWCEY

These particular ones taste like lemon and I have always called them Lemon Clover. No idea what they're actually called and they will grow pretty much anywhere. If I take houseplants out to get rain, I frequently have little clover plants popping up in my plants within the next couple weeks. They grow pretty fast and get seed pods almost immediately. Great for people like me who can kill just about any hardy houseplant.


BlankeTheBard

[The plant is called wood-sorrel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis). It's sour due to the amount of oxalic acid in the plant.


_m_d_w_

Hence the name oxalis?


Whostillworks

Actually the plant got the name first, according to [https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/oxalis](https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/oxalis) and then the acid was named after the plant because it was first isolated by chemists from oxalis plants. Much like how "aceto" vinegar gives its name to the later discoveries of acetic acid and acetobacter.


_m_d_w_

Neat!


skunchers

This plant is actually Sorrell.


cupcakes4brains

Kinda? It's a wood-sorrel (Oxalis) and not a true sorrel, which are Rumex. I always called wood-sorrel "Sorrel" and true sorrels "Docks". Plant names are wild.


skunchers

True. There's a dock, that I always called "vinegar leaf" and heard others call sorrel. Plant and bird names are super convoluted and complex especially when it can be called something different in one place and something different 25km away. Old names for things are sticky.


neontiger07

I know nothing about plants; what's the difference between this and clover, or is this a type of clover?


skunchers

Completely different plant (plant family), with similar shaped leaves.


neontiger07

Thanks!


_Jiu_Jitsu_

They are edible and to me they taste like sour apple.


LuckyLudor

Actual clovers taste pretty crappy (outside the nectar, which will taste familiar since they're commonly used for honey).


Maxfunky

Not clover. Sorrel. It's edible. High in vitamin c. Very tart. You can tell the difference because these leaves are heart shaped.


Ihavesubscriptions

I used to love eating these as a kid. Sadly I don't see them where I live now, so I can't show it to my kid, but he *did* discover some wild pineappleweed he likes munching on in the summer!


PathToExile

Clover is a lawn MVP. Now that Creeping Charlie shit, fuck that stuff.


GeriatricGhoul

Clover used to be included in most grass seed varieties until the 50's as it helped with nitrogen in your lawn soil IIRC, then Scotts I believe started the campaign that it was a "weed" to be removed, and the rest is history. I notice clover pop up in areas of my lawn that I've even seeded but the seed failed due to the poor soil, I don't spray clover. *EDIT, I can't find it was Scotts, but manufacturers of the first broad leaf herbicides.


finalremix

It was classified as a weed because the weed-killer accidentally also killed clover, so they were like "fuckit... clover's a weed now. Product works as expected; no side-effects."


Ascurtis

Imo lawns should be covered in clover and local pollinating plants. Clover lawns are so soft.


LinkUnseen

Clovers also don't turn brown if there's not enough water. They just sit there being ***LAWN CHAMPIONS***.


Chordata1

That's pretty much my lawn. It's green and mowed regularly but I don't care what grows. Every spring I get lawn companies knocking on my door saying they can fix my weed problem. I just keep telling them, I see no problems with my lawn.


btbcorno

It’s because the Round Up chemical kills clover, so they told people clover was a weed.


Cheese-n-Opinion

Don't think it's clover, looks more like wood sorrel.


endadaroad

Oxalis stricta - very tart flavor.


Cheese-n-Opinion

Yeah, heard it described as like granny smith apple peel, which I think is bob-on. Also has no relation to sheep's sorrel- they're all called sorrel cause they taste similar, sorrel is literally 'sour-el'.


Aki_Ookami

My grandfather had shown me this when I was little and told me it was called Lemon Sorrel, but I guess like everything else the name will change based on where you live. I eat these whenever I see them, makes my friends double take. It is funny seeing their faces cuz of the sour taste, if I can convince them to try it hahaha


raznog

It’s also perfectly safe to eat and high in vitamin C. I love the flavor.


PathToExile

If that's the case then I'm wrong and that is definitely a weed.


614Hudson

I had a patch in my flower bed last year and left it because "it's so adorable next to the fairy garden". I was also wrong and it is definitely a weed that is everywhere now.


teebob21

You can eat the problem away.


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sundark94

Just buy a new kidney off the black market, you can't let some bitch ass plant take over your carefully tended fairy garden, G.


Oddyssis

It looks the same so why make that distinction between weed/not weed? Either it looks nice on your lawn or it doesn't


suki626

I like creeping Charlie, it has pretty purple flowers and has a nice minty herby taste


PathToExile

Stop by any time you want, you can eat all the Creeping Charlie I got.


GothWitchOfBrooklyn

This is false clover aka oxalis/sorrell


Bell_PC

Not clovers; Oxalis


GothWitchOfBrooklyn

It's oxalis


jordenkotor

Where's the weed(s) maaan


ILikeTasks

Found [this](https://redd.it/6m40hv) post


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___OP____

The problem is that the poster is a bot.


davey_goon

Good find


Flash-burned

Looks like woodsorrel


FrigidofDoom

TIL what my mother taught me was lemon grass can also be called woodsorrel. I can't tell you how much of this grew in our backyard and how much I ate as a kid. The stuff tastes good.


TheGreatJava

Maybe I'm missing a joke, but that's not lemon grass.


Athiri

Wood sorrel tastes lemony because of the oxalic acid, so it may be a local name or just the mum's name for it.


raisinghellwithtrees

We called it "buttercups" which it obviously isn't, but it's tasty!


a3452

I grew up calling them shamrocks


FrigidofDoom

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/oxalis-stricta/ "Common Name(s):   Common Yellow Woodsorrel Lemon Clover Oxalis Pickle Plant Shamrock Plant Sourgrass Wood Sorrel Yellow Woodsorrel Yellow Wood Sorrel " No joke here. It's all the same thing.


caballero_jetable

There's a different plant called lemongrass used in South Asian cooking. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon But when you're dealing with colloquial / local plant names you get a lot of confusion and overlap. In this case, the sourness is from oxalic acid (also found in rhubarb, spinach etc).


TheGreatJava

Lemon grass is an actual grass. When most recipes call for lemon grass leaves or shoots, this is what they're expecting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon


FrigidofDoom

Well, I don't think I've seen that plant in my life. That is not what my mother taught me was lemon grass. I suppose the page I linked refers to it as lemon clover. As another commenter said it seems to be a colloquialism. Neat to know though, thank you.


brendanepic

We always called it lemonhearts


explosivelydehiscent

With that chip on the leaf and oncoming yellow flower, I would agree


jackkennedee

Came here to say this! We called it sourgrass. The whole plant is tart and delicious, especially the seed pods!


KingTobia_II

A club in a spade


helix729

How is this not closer to the top?


hippiemomma1109

It's a diamond in the rough.


JorjEade

Diamond in the riamon in the rough ^rough ^^rough


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hippiemomma1109

I think your heart is in the right place, but you may have missed the mark.


velociraptorjax

A good pun just wasn't in the cards for them.


eimieole

<3!!!


velociraptorjax

I heart your comment


MrPosket

Oxalis stricta Common names include: Yellow wood sorrel, pickle weed Incorrect names: Shamrock Clover


Lilly_1337

Thank you. This plant grows in every single flower pot we own. At least I know now that we can add it to salad.


hojpoj

The little yellow flowers are tasty & tangy. Used to monch on these as a kid.


entarian

fantastic on a sandwich.


hojpoj

Holy … I’ve never tried that!


entarian

I really like purslane on sandwiches.


ieatwildplants

Also makes good syrup and jelly.


bigbear75

I still do! My fiancee looks at me like I'm crazy, I've played too many pranks on her to convince her to try them though lol. They've spread like wild fire in our yard this year and I'm not complaining.


hojpoj

Ha! How fun! I have them all over too - taught my kids and grandkid about them. I spent a lot of years hunkered in the grass nibbling those while watching bugs or clouds :)


Mowglli

I'm imagining someone on all fours just eating like a literal cow


jalyndai

Me too! I named it “heart plant” because of the leaf shape.


Potted_PlantYT

Who didn’t munch on them as a kid?


SweetTooth37

Me. I did eat rose pedals though.


hojpoj

Right?


Raps2k14

Dude I was literally trying to figure out what they were in my microgreen garden. Thx


Kingkongcrapper

Gets the tang from all the dog and cat pee.


bushidopirate

If you get enough of it, you can make a really tasty pesto


Jump-InTheRiverStyx

My mom used to call it Sheep Shower, and I used to love gnawing on the leaves and pods as a kid because I loved sour stuff.


seaweedbrain15

From the title I was expecting Northern Lights Cannabis Indica


sandwichman7896

No Creed, that is marijuana.


blandsrules

Mung beans


Wrenigade

Its also called lemon clover though, and sheeps clover. Just a colloquial name for it.


GWizJackson

Interesting to learn the proper name for this. We have this everywhere, and my Papaw who raised me always called it sweet-grass. It tastes delicious! Haha.


elephantphallus

Sadly, it has none of the nitrogen fixing capabilities of clover.


TrailMomKat

Another incorrect name: we call them Lemon Clover, they taste delicious, especially the pods. My kids go outside to hunt them down alot when the pods start forming.


cupcakes4brains

I've been eating this stuff (I call it sorrel even though it's really woodsorrel which afaik is Different) for a while and Ive never tried the pods. Thanks for the tip!


fendaar

Shamrock is a common name for it, because that’s what everybody calls it.


OKYesMyNameIsJill

It’s not shamrock though. Shamrock is clover. People around you just called it the wrong thing because it looks a lot like clover


Pugduck77

They commonly called it a name? They should have a term for that!


Sjmegalow

How


boojes

That stuff grows EVERYWHERE. It barely needs any soil.


monkey_trumpets

Yup. And if you disturb it at the right time it shoots seeds everywhere.


Ubergoober166

Sounds like most redditors


Throbbing_Smarton

Eww.


pointlessly_pedantic

1. Pluck from ground 2. Place in shovel 3. Take pic 4. ??? 5. Profit


AMViquel

On the one hand, yes, you shouldn't trust any picture anymore. On the other hand, if you ever tried to cultivate a lawn, that shit grows everywhere. While you desperately try to find the proper mix of light, water, temperature and nutrients for your roses, the dandelions and clover just go "fuck yeah, a drop of water on a speckle of dirt, free real estate!"


Sir_Q_L8

r/untrustworthypoptarts


akurgo

r/nothingeverhappens


IrishGuyNYC00

It's a hollow shovel handle with a hole in it, probably over time while in use, mud and soil got into the hole gradually until enough depth was built up that something could grow in it, then it was probably left outside in the open, where an airborne seed found its way into the hole and landed on the soil, (or again, through use, debris from the grass got in the hole, which happened to contain a seed), it embedded itself enough to germinate, rain water got in and bobs your uncle, it grows towards the light.


jb4637

Those are eatable and taste sour when chewed.


SpoopySpydoge

I'm so used to the bot on r/whatisthisplant getting triggered any time someone mentions eating, that I was shocked it didn't appear here lol


ThatDudeRyan420

You want the word 'edible' not 'eatable'.


goofballl

>fit or able to be eaten https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eatable I think they're really tasty and very eatable.


ThatDudeRyan420

Eatable is a noun but since he is referring to 'Those' (subject) he would need the adjective, which is edible. TIL: Eatable is an actual word. EDIT: I'm an idiot and can't read. u/goofballl was right.


goofballl

Eatable is an adjective as well as a noun. The definition I copied above is the adjective one.


ThatDudeRyan420

I'm an idiot. I thought that said edible as the adjective and eatable as the noun.


seaweedbrain15

I just thought you made a marijuana joke, given your username and the title of this post lol


DisturbedPuppy

Ya know what's funny? You could totally pronounce eatable as edible. T and D have similar enough sounds in certain accents and change the EA to sound like Eh, and bam.


ThatDudeRyan420

English is funky like that. Also not even sure if the person's first language is English.


DisturbedPuppy

Yeah. I find language to be a fun thing to over analyze. English is especially fun due to it's wide spread use and all the words it's assimilated.


that_jojo

Language is crazy, man. I was just sharing with my Japanese tutor the other day that I had discovered that a common and quite old Japanese word [actually derives from Greek of all things](https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E7%9A%84#Japanese) probably by way of early European trade.


pipmentor

Life...uh...finds a way.


Robert-L-Santangelo

was looking for this comment so i wouldn't have to say it myself


Zohmbi

Was looking for *your* comment so I wouldn't have to say it myself.


0111011101110111

Ditto. (Typed ditto so that I wouldn’t have to type an explanation of how I came here to say this).


gosuark

My life is now.. uh.. complete.


SpoodlyNoodley

I called these “lemon hearts” when I was growing up. They’re soooo tasty, nice and tart. I’d sit down in my back yard as a kid and munch on them.


Brrreeadd

Just recently I found some in my garden and I recall as a child doing the exact same as you but as an adult I was skeptical 😂 still tried them though


SpoodlyNoodley

They still taste great! Adult me just washes them now lol


Anarcho_Cyclist

Fun Fact: Wood Sorrel leaves taste like lemon and are great in salad, just wash them first


OnionHadji

This is very mildly interesting. I looked for a good 10 seconds before scrolling.


Bashed_to_a_pulp

ultimate flex.


snuffy_tentpeg

When I was a kid, we called that plant “sour grass” because of its distinctive taste.


cubelith

Looks like a symbol for some Irish labour movement


Manders37

Lucky shovel.


Murder_redruM

A weed is only a weed if you don't want it growing in a certain spot. A rosebush is classified as a weed if you don't want it growing in that spot. I see clovers.


BrainwashedScapegoat

I like the way you said that


Cyrus-Lion

How dare you call clover a weed That's a lovely nitrogen fixing baby!


discostud1515

That’s a planting shovel if I ever saw one.


inlitened

Proof that yellow wood sorrel will grow anywhere with a little water


fornicatethecops

I gets less sour, when it is suffering from drought conditions. I grow it in pots for fun.


ShambolicPaul

Plants are crazy. Roses freak out and die if the pH level or sunlight isn't quite right. Weeds are just like "is this concrete? I'm gonna live here and grow 50ft tall and 100 foot wide" or "somebody put tarmac ontop of me! Fuck it I'm just gonna push through it"


KofiMoon

And I thought succulent growing behind and between my slabs was weird


Potted_PlantYT

That shit tastes good.


Prestigious-Rough-39

Btw you can eat that plant. It is sour.


BenevolentCheese

It's an oxalis and it's edible! They are high in--wait for it--oxalic acid, a bright, spritzy acid similar in flavor to green apples.


Moran_moron-

Don’t move the shovel


Helperobc

Isn't that a clover of some sort?


Helperobc

Nvm Google says it might be Wood Sorrel.


Ant69Ant

Weed is a loose term I guess


crocodoodles

I'm sorry to have to break it to you, but that's not weed. Please do not attempt to smoke it. Or do, I'm not your mom


MakeThatCoffeeToGo

Im glad there is a place in the internet for this. Bravo!


WWDubz

A “weed” is a word created to sell you herbicide so you can poison your property, destroying the ecosystem, so they can sell you a grass lawn. End grass lawns. They are a world wide ecological disaster. Go back to clover and help save the bees


OKYesMyNameIsJill

You’re right but this isn’t clover. It’s wood sorrel


WWDubz

Correct. Lawns used to be clover before herbicide; herbicide didn’t kill grass so grass lawns became a thing. I didn’t mean to imply the sorrel was clover, just that clover lawns are a benefit to bees and the ecosystem in general


Jacoman74undeleted

Clover, moss, and local wildflowers.


SosoThe69

Very poor choice of words


Tychus_Balrog

That shovel has +3 to planting.


CultOfBelloq

I can dig it.


The_Blind_Person

r/miniworlds


Ok_Image_5789

Meanwhile, my houseplants refuse to live based solely on the quality of the water I give them


Meowzebub666

I got a dehumidifier and use the water it collects to water my plants. My plants love it and it's the most regular they've ever been watered with the added benefit of my apartment finally being livable


AWSMJMAS

You have become the very thing you swore to destroy


speedygunzh

ya ha ha you found me!


The_Flapjack_Kid

Weed Will survive... Weed Will survive... Weed Will Survive... Weed Will Survive...


ParentalMom

Millennials love weed and will grow it I guess even in a shovel rather than getting a real job I Told my grandson he should get a job at the TCBY but he stays at home all day. I think he tried marijuana


Sufficio

This is an excellently done troll account, well done. You don't see many convincing ones these days. /r/oldpeoplefacebook or /r/KenM vibes


3xTheSchwarm

Man I wish clovers were weed. My whole front lawn would be free dope.


OkExplainItToMe

I came here for the weed comments. I was not disappointed.


Skullykid16

y’all said weed?


hesitantmaneatingcat

r/untrustworthypoptarts


BDT81

*looks at you contemptuously* " Weed "


rebel_chef

Life finds a way


SilkyHommus

I forget what that plant is called, but the leaves tastes kinda like green apple candy. I went to farm camp for one summer, so I’m pretty much an expert


YeetusMatey28

Eat them. Not even a joke,edible and sour. Shit I ate as a kid


Qbert2020

Ironic


Rob0tussin

these be growing everywhere, i put my bonsai outside and one of these started growing out of it


pinecastle

You’re gonna need a way tinier shovel to get that job done


Creative_Unicorn

Shamrocks. Now is a lucky shovel. Maybe you'll find some gold.


MarcLloydz

Lucky🍀


RawrSean

Clovers are NOT weeds. They are nitrogen fixers and beneficial to any plant they grow by, and were eliminated from American lawns due to a marketing campaign in the 50s. (The Oxalis pictured here aren’t nitrogen fixers, but my comment about clovers stands. Thank you /u/caballero_jetable )


Semtexual

This isn't clover


lunapup1233007

Weeds =/= bad A weed is really just something growing where it shouldn’t be. If you find a tree growing in a field of corn, it could reasonably be considered a weed. If you find a tree growing in a forest, it wouldn’t be a weed. If you found that clover in a field of clover, it would not be a weed. If you found it in a garden where you’re growing carrots, it is a weed. Any plant could reasonably be considered a weed at some times, but almost no plants could be considered a weed at all times. Also, invasive plant species could also be considered weeds in most situations.


RawrSean

I disagree with this. Weeds carry a dominatrix quality to them — they often suffocate other plants by stealing resources or just obtaining them more efficiently. This is what defines a weed. The word you are looking for is acceptable. Any plant can be acceptable to the person in charge of caring for it.


caballero_jetable

Weeds also have a noxious or invasive component -- plants can desired by a specific person but still be, in general, a weed. Maybe you like goutweed. If you plant it outside of a container, though, it's still a weed. Or maybe you like goldenrod. But so many people are allergic to it that it's still a weed.