Wednesday, May 11, 2011


What's this? Could it be euphorbia? 5/13/11: No. Theora correctly IDed it as barberry.

Here's Theora's comment, posted and then lost because Blogger got sick yesterday and ate a lot of comments.

"Is it spiky? Maybe a baby japanese/european barberry."

She's right! It's almost certainly something called Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea. I have a couple of those shrubs in the front yard -- planted by The Husband a long time ago, as in possibly 20 yrs ago. They are pretty but I now know they are invasive. Although I wouldn't say they are highly invasive since this is the first time in 20 years that a volunteer plant has appeared.

Weeds CAN be beautiful! Fleabane and buttercups.