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Friday - August 15, 2008

From: Erwinna, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant Identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

My father-in-law received seeds from a friend-- he didn't know what kind of plant it would grow. Now he questions what kind of plant it is-- it has a red stalk and 17 inch leaves, it appears to grow rapidly it is now about 2 feet tall- bizarre looking leaves, can you identify this plant for me? I will have to take a picture of it to send to you.

ANSWER:

Yes, please send us pictures. Visit the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants page to read the instructions (under "Plant Identification") for submitting photos.
 

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