What are these plants

by Narayan Patgir
(Calgary, Canada)

Green shrub

Green shrub

I planted some seeds, thought they were cantaloupe seeds, but I got these plants. Pls help me know what plants are these and their use.

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Jul 26, 2020
Someone from Calgary who may be able to help
by: Caroline

Thank you for that,

While googling Solanum plants in Calgary I stumbled across a teacher from Calgary who has written a book on weeds ! I am unable to contact him as I don't have linked in, but perhaps you may know how to find him at the school he teaches ?

This is his weebly website url

Hope this helps

Jul 25, 2020
by: Anonymous

Dear all, thank you for your time and.efforts.
I will keep you updated on the progress if and when it flowers.
Narayan Patgir

Jul 25, 2020
Anonymous and mysterious plant
by: Caroline

Also... I have similar experiences of expensive unusual seed packets producing the strangest and most unrelated plants. It can be a mix-up with the seed packaging or the packet seeds may have become spent and the seeds could have been in the seed bank in your potting or garden soil. Its most usually the latter. One thing is relatively certain, that is not a melon !

Jul 25, 2020
Mysterious green shrub ?
by: Caroline

Dear Narayan Patgir,

Thank you for this interesting and difficult question. I love to be presented with plants I don't know as they represent an opportunity to learn. I hope you will stay in touch and let me know what it is when you find out.

I presume you are a gardener with some experience and you have never seen this plant before. Have you tried posting the picture on facebook and sharing with other gardeners or gardening groups in your area, neighbourhood or city. If it is a plant that has been introduced, or even grows wild there it may just be that some other people have encountered it and suggestions will come in. These suggestions can then be googled, pictures and traits compared. I find that the platform iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/) is brilliant for getting some pretty difficult identifications ! There are many passionate amateurs as well as botanists that will view your post there.

I have never seen a plant like this. To compare it with what I know may be dangerous (ha ha) but it looks vaguely like an African herb that is a kind of amarinth. Your continent is so well endowed with fabulous amarinth species.

However it also looks like it could be a member of the nightshade family, and could be a poisonous, perhaps a Datura.

Very important for establishing its grouping and identity is the flower. Have you seen a flower or a fruit, or a seed head.
I will post your picture on iNaturalist to see if I get any answers.

Thank you so much for your question
and happy gardening

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