Identification: vegetable or invasive weeds

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  1. 8Peonies

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    Can someone identify what are these two plants. They grew in the compost bin so they may be from vegetables or they could possibly be invasive weeds:)!
     

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    The attached pic shows the underneath of the larger leaves. Plants grew in the Renfrew-Heights district of Vancouver.
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hmm, I don't recognize either. Does the first plant have square stems?
     
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    Keke Active Member 10 Years

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    The first one looks almost like shiso—a Japanese vegetable. Have you had an Asian salad mix at some point?
     
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    Shiso was sown but it was red perilla.
     
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    the stem is kind of squarish with corners and sturdy.
     
  7. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Likely a mint family member, then, in which case almost certainly not a weed.

    These will be easier to identify once there are flowers, if no one recognizes them by foliage.
     
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    Thanks Daniel & Keke!
     
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    Daniel, further to the above large-leaf plant that has now grown to 2', stem appears like those similar to celery.
     

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    Correction, re stem
    These stalks are quite square and the four corners sticking out are like cushioned.
    Hopefully the picture of the stalks will assist in identifying this mysterious plant.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hmm, those remind me of the stems of Verbena, but I didn't find anything with a similar leaf.
     
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    Keke mentioned shiso/ perilla? and stalks from pic look a lot like stalks of the mysterious plant. Thank you both for helping to identify these plants.
     

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