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Wednesday - May 07, 2008

From: Greenfield, MA
Region: Northeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I have a plant growing in my yard that I would like to know what it is. It has two very different leaf types on the same plant. One set of leaves is thick and oval in shape, the others look very much like ivy leaves.The plant right now is about 6-8 inches tall and the two oval leaves are at the base of the stem and the ivy-like leaves are at the top where you would almost expect to see a flower. There is no blossom as of yet, but it is still early spring here in New England. Any ideas?


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