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jenjeter2015

I really only started gardening six weeks ago, when I moved into my forever home. Apparently I've got some great beginners luck--or just a green thumb

Sechium edule

  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2017
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jenjeter2015

This is one of my favorite clippings ever, I propagated a tiny clipping off a friends enormous tree, which is when I learned the name, Cheyote, was NOT to be confused with a similar looking plant that is also subtropical, the "Peyote" plant (known for centuries for its hallucinogenic properties). My plant, on the other hand, it's leaves are commonly used interchangeably in spring mix salads, being nontoxic and actually good for you, unlike its cousin, previously mentioned. Grows extremely slowly

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SuzQ1952

The lead looks like one of my favorite trees - I always called it Sassafras - and knew the root to be medicinal but did not think the leaves were edible. Anyone got input on the possiblity this is AKA Sassafrass tree ?

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jenjeter2015

Well, the status has changed. I no longer have the tiniest inkling of what this tree is called. It's definitely not Sassafras though, either. The leaves are different in many ways, including the shapes of lobes, also the sassafras has a sweet, pungent aroma that comes from rubbing the leaves; my plant does not. On the other hand, it's definitely not Chayote either. The entire structures of the leaves, there's nothing alike. And they grow more like vines, in every case. I'm not giving up til...

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SuzQ1952

Hmmm .... hope our plant pals here will help solve this mystery. Also- as another reference, you should have a "county Agriculture extension" office who could help identify !?

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