Jimson Weed 2022

I missed the flow’ring of the weed–
my photo shows instead the seed.
It did return this year indeed
to Riverside Drive.

You may remember that last year I was surprised to find jimson weed growing by a tree planted near 96th Street on Riverside Drive. The Parks Department cleared all the growth around the trees sometime in October (hopefully wearing gloves!) and I wondered if it would return this year. Below are my first sightings, taken in early and mid-August.

I didn’t get back to photo it until the end of August, when I took the above photos. I had missed the flowers! But there was a seed. Below is a flower photo from last year’s plant.

But my last year photos were from September, so maybe it will have a second flowering this year. I’ll try to check on it from time to time.

My poem, for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday Share your Day theme, is an Ovi, as conveniently suggested by Muri in her scavenger hunt of “name” forms.

And here are some other photos from my walk through Riverside Park. That’s New Jersey across the river.

You can read all about jimson weed here.

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59 responses to “Jimson Weed 2022”

  1. Claudia McGill says :

    I’m so impressed by this plant. It’s powerful. A noteworthy event, it’s appearance!

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  2. msjadeli says :

    We had a bunch of these in the yard and out along a nearby stretch of road a few years ago. Those plants get huge and they drop millions of seeds from those pods. The flowers are really pretty and the foliage is a nice shade of green. I’m shocked they are gone now. I think my x bf planted them on purpose and kept suggesting I eat a few seeds for wild dreams. Lots of good pics, Kerfe.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    What an interesting plant! And beautiful photos of the area.

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  4. neil reid says :

    yea, weeds are often under appreciated. nice job showing this other side. and I admire plants that are more sturdy than others, like many weeds.

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  5. neil reid says :

    oh, and I like that brick path garden shot. “here you may pass, but not without touching us.”

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  6. murisopsis says :

    I have seen many a Jimson Weed growing – and those seed pods are sharp. Your Ovi is put to good use with this ode to the weed!! Thanks for joining the fun!

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  7. SelmaMartin says :

    Nice photos. Weeds also have lovely flowers. XoXo

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  8. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    Jimson weed is quite beautiful when it blooms. I’ve never seen it growing. The seed pods are also beautiful. In the article there is a stunning photo of the split pod filled with seeds. These are beautiful glimpses into your world, Kerfe. The gardens are a blaze of color.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Colleen. I’m surprised so much is still blooming. Even though we’re officially in a drought, it doesn’t look much like it in the park.

      Last year was the first time I noticed the jimson weed and it was totally because of the flowers. They are indeed beautiful, and unexpected, given the location.

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  9. Aletha Kuschan says :

    That is so lovely, Kerfe, that you are keeping up with the trials and tribulations of a jimson plant! My father had a colony of ants he watched. The ants were in his own yard, but he nonetheless diligently watched the external activities of the ant colony for years and years, sometimes moving a stick or twig if it blocked one of their entrances.

    It’s a mark of wisdom to care about something far outside of ordinary human affairs — to care with genuine compassion and curiosity.

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  10. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Marta nice to see these jimson plants and your poem is too good.

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  11. Gwen M. Plano says :

    Lovely photos and beautiful poem!

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  12. sunhesper says :

    I think you know how I feel about this plant! 🙂 I’m so happy to see it putting out seeds for future blossoms. Such an utterly unique shape, in the leaves and seeds but especially the flowers. No wonder O’Keeffe couldn’t get enough of painting them!

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    What a pretty flower! I use Jinsom Weed often in my books if I need a natural poison. 🙂 I’m glad it survived the Parks Dept’s attempt to eradicate it. Lovely poem too, Kerfe.

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  14. joy gerken says :

    Lovely pictures of mother natures glory !

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  15. Jules says :

    I’ve got nasty Nightshade growing in my hedgerow. I’ve got to get hubby to pull it. Interestinly enough I have an Asian tea box that is supposedly covered with 1,000 layers of laquer made from the red berries of Black Nightshade.

    Nice flower, but now I know not to touch that weed!! (Along with a few others!!)

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  16. Prior... says :

    Like that poem so much and jimson weed has a nice flower!

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  17. Prior... says :

    Really enjoyed reading the linked post about the Jimson weed and how it made British soldiers hallucinate after having it in stew ??
    And this was good:

    “A member of the notorious nightshade family, its more famous cousins include tomato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco, and potato. Most members of this plant family are poisonous, and jimson weed is no exception. All parts of the plant are toxic, most particularly the seeds.”

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  18. Ingrid says :

    A weed I knew nothing about, until now! It sounds like quite the plant: thank you for teaching me something new!

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  19. ben Alexander says :

    Those are some gorgeous photos, Kerfe! And as soon as I read your poem, I knew it was an ovi – because I just wrote mine for Muri yesterday 😀

    Such fun!


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  20. robertawrites235681907 says :

    A beautiful park/garden, Kerfe. I love your poem and that seed is unique and interesting. I’ve seen something very similar here in SA. I wonder if it’s the same plant.

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  21. JosieHolford says :

    I recognize that community garden with the brick path. Always a delight.

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  22. memadtwo says :

    Thanks for the link!


  23. Prior... says :

    I sent Frank this post asking and plan to add it to my post too!
    Have a great day

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Prior... says :

    Well thank you for being so cool

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