This weed growing in this shovel handle
By - MazieUlibarri
It became the very thing it sought to destroy
I HATE YOU!
You were my brother , Little Weed… I loved you…
Bruh, I don't see any weed. Those are lucky charms.
Star berry flavoured
I always imagined clovers to have a minty flavor but I've never been brave enough to find out.
These look like they're probably wood sorrel, aka sour clover. They have a sour, lemony taste
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)
Fun fact - wood sorrel's genus is *Oxalis* because the plant contains oxalic acid, which is what gives the plant its sour taste.
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.
When I was little, my elderly neighbor Mr Weiss showed me that these were edible.
I still think of him whenever I see one.
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.
Those were the seed pods not buds.
Ah yeah, that makes more sense. Wasn’t sure what it was called. Thanks!
You can eat the entire plant, so they may have been eating the flower buds.
Specifically yellow wood sorrel
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)
You can eat the base where the stem meets the petals. It’s just sugary. Makes sure they aren’t sprayed with pesticides first.
The whole plant is edible, in fact.
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.
[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.
Hence the name oxalis?
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.
This plant is actually Sorrell.
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.
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.
I know nothing about plants; what's the difference between this and clover, or is this a type of clover?
Completely different plant (plant family), with similar shaped leaves.
They are edible and to me they taste like sour apple.
Actual clovers taste pretty crappy (outside the nectar, which will taste familiar since they're commonly used for honey).
Not clover. Sorrel. It's edible. High in vitamin c. Very tart. You can tell the difference because these leaves are heart shaped.
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!
Clover is a lawn MVP.
Now that Creeping Charlie shit, fuck that stuff.
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.
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."
Imo lawns should be covered in clover and local pollinating plants. Clover lawns are so soft.
Clovers also don't turn brown if there's not enough water.
They just sit there being ***LAWN CHAMPIONS***.
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.
It’s because the Round Up chemical kills clover, so they told people clover was a weed.
Don't think it's clover, looks more like wood sorrel.
Oxalis stricta - very tart flavor.
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'.
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
It’s also perfectly safe to eat and high in vitamin C. I love the flavor.
If that's the case then I'm wrong and that is definitely a weed.
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.
You can eat the problem away.
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.
It looks the same so why make that distinction between weed/not weed? Either it looks nice on your lawn or it doesn't
I like creeping Charlie, it has pretty purple flowers and has a nice minty herby taste
Stop by any time you want, you can eat all the Creeping Charlie I got.
This is false clover aka oxalis/sorrell
Not clovers; Oxalis
Where's the weed(s) maaan
Found [this](https://redd.it/6m40hv) post
The problem is that the poster is a bot.
Looks like woodsorrel
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.
Maybe I'm missing a joke, but that's not lemon grass.
Wood sorrel tastes lemony because of the oxalic acid, so it may be a local name or just the mum's name for it.
We called it "buttercups" which it obviously isn't, but it's tasty!
I grew up calling them shamrocks
Common Yellow Woodsorrel
Yellow Wood Sorrel
No joke here. It's all the same thing.
There's a different plant called lemongrass used in South Asian cooking.
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).
Lemon grass is an actual grass. When most recipes call for lemon grass leaves or shoots, this is what they're expecting.
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.
We always called it lemonhearts
With that chip on the leaf and oncoming yellow flower, I would agree
Came here to say this! We called it sourgrass. The whole plant is tart and delicious, especially the seed pods!
A club in a spade
How is this not closer to the top?
It's a diamond in the rough.
Diamond in the riamon in the rough ^rough ^^rough
I think your heart is in the right place, but you may have missed the mark.
A good pun just wasn't in the cards for them.
I heart your comment
Common names include:
Yellow wood sorrel, pickle weed
Thank you. This plant grows in every single flower pot we own. At least I know now that we can add it to salad.
The little yellow flowers are tasty & tangy. Used to monch on these as a kid.
fantastic on a sandwich.
Holy … I’ve never tried that!
I really like purslane on sandwiches.
Also makes good syrup and jelly.
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.
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 :)
I'm imagining someone on all fours just eating like a literal cow
Me too! I named it “heart plant” because of the leaf shape.
Who didn’t munch on them as a kid?
Me. I did eat rose pedals though.
Dude I was literally trying to figure out what they were in my microgreen garden. Thx
Gets the tang from all the dog and cat pee.
If you get enough of it, you can make a really tasty pesto
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.
From the title I was expecting Northern Lights Cannabis Indica
No Creed, that is marijuana.
Its also called lemon clover though, and sheeps clover. Just a colloquial name for it.
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.
Sadly, it has none of the nitrogen fixing capabilities of clover.
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.
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!
Shamrock is a common name for it, because that’s what everybody calls it.
It’s not shamrock though. Shamrock is clover. People around you just called it the wrong thing because it looks a lot like clover
They commonly called it a name? They should have a term for that!
That stuff grows EVERYWHERE. It barely needs any soil.
Yup. And if you disturb it at the right time it shoots seeds everywhere.
Sounds like most redditors
1. Pluck from ground
2. Place in shovel
3. Take pic
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!"
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.
Those are eatable and taste sour when chewed.
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
You want the word 'edible' not 'eatable'.
>fit or able to be eaten
I think they're really tasty and very eatable.
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.
Eatable is an adjective as well as a noun. The definition I copied above is the adjective one.
I'm an idiot. I thought that said edible as the adjective and eatable as the noun.
I just thought you made a marijuana joke, given your username and the title of this post lol
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.
English is funky like that. Also not even sure if the person's first language is English.
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.
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.
Life...uh...finds a way.
was looking for this comment so i wouldn't have to say it myself
Was looking for *your* comment so I wouldn't have to say it myself.
Ditto. (Typed ditto so that I wouldn’t have to type an explanation of how I came here to say this).
My life is now.. uh.. complete.
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.
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
They still taste great! Adult me just washes them now lol
Fun Fact: Wood Sorrel leaves taste like lemon and are great in salad, just wash them first
This is very mildly interesting. I looked for a good 10 seconds before scrolling.
When I was a kid, we called that plant “sour grass” because of its distinctive taste.
Looks like a symbol for some Irish labour movement
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.
I like the way you said that
How dare you call clover a weed
That's a lovely nitrogen fixing baby!
That’s a planting shovel if I ever saw one.
Proof that yellow wood sorrel will grow anywhere with a little water
I gets less sour, when it is suffering from drought conditions. I grow it in pots for fun.
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"
And I thought succulent growing behind and between my slabs was weird
That shit tastes good.
Btw you can eat that plant. It is sour.
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.
Don’t move the shovel
Isn't that a clover of some sort?
Nvm Google says it might be Wood Sorrel.
Weed is a loose term I guess
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
Im glad there is a place in the internet for this. Bravo!
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
You’re right but this isn’t clover. It’s wood sorrel
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
Clover, moss, and local wildflowers.
Very poor choice of words
That shovel has +3 to planting.
I can dig it.
Meanwhile, my houseplants refuse to live based solely on the quality of the water I give them
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
You have become the very thing you swore to destroy
ya ha ha you found me!
Weed Will survive...
Weed Will survive...
Weed Will Survive...
Weed Will Survive...
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
This is an excellently done troll account, well done. You don't see many convincing ones these days. /r/oldpeoplefacebook or /r/KenM vibes
Man I wish clovers were weed. My whole front lawn would be free dope.
I came here for the weed comments. I was not disappointed.
y’all said weed?
*looks at you contemptuously*
" Weed "
Life finds a way
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
Eat them. Not even a joke,edible and sour. Shit I ate as a kid
these be growing everywhere, i put my bonsai outside and one of these started growing out of it
You’re gonna need a way tinier shovel to get that job done
Shamrocks. Now is a lucky shovel. Maybe you'll find some gold.
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 )
This isn't clover
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.
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.
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.