Identifying a tree/shrub and plant #403550 - Ask Extension


Identifying a tree/shrub and plant #403550

Asked May 31, 2017, 10:15 AM EDT

I have a few plants/shrubs/trees in my garden that I would like to identify. A friend referred me to your website. One picture shows a large tree/shrub that someone suggested might be an orange blossom or mock orange? The other photo is of a small plant that I bought a few years ago at the Leakin Park Herb Festival. It was sold as an edible plant and it looks like a type of lettuce maybe, but I have not eaten it because I lost the tag and don't know what it is!

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

You are correct with your i.d. of the blooming shrub. That must smell great!
This is Philadelphus, a.k.a. Mock Orange.
Here is a page about it:;

We think your third photo looks like Red-veined Dock (Rumex sanguineus).
It is mostly grown as an ornamental. Here is a page with more information:

Thank you! The mock orange smells wonderful all spring. It's a beautiful shrub! I also appreciate knowing that the other plant is edible but is meant as an ornamental. Very helpful information. Thanks also for the links.
The Question Asker Replied May 31, 2017, 12:50 PM EDT
You're welcome.

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