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Define Bloodweed. Bloodweed synonyms, Bloodweed pronunciation, Bloodweed translation, English dictionary definition of Bloodweed. n. 1. Any of various weeds of the genus Ambrosia of the composite family, having small, greenish, unisexual flower heads and producing abundant pollen that…

We call it “Bloodweed”?

I hate (inadvertently) calling things by the wrong name. With our French, Spanish and Native American influence here in the extreme SE of Louisiana, many names for animals, fish, birds and plants have been corrupted to the point that hardly any locals know the correct names for them!

I have been trying to share with my 12 grandchildren the correct names for as many species that we have given alternate names to. I also wish for them to remember the colloquial names for these plants and animals because of the wonderful richness of our culture down here.

Sooo, we have here a weed that we’ve always called Bloodweed. It grows to well over 7 feet tall. It’s leaves are larger than a large man’s hand.

It has a pronounced main stalk and it is unusual in that this stalk is speckled/freckled with reddish-brown, small (smaller than a BB), bumpy spots all along it’s length. The inner core of this speckled-n-bumpy stalk is a white, spongy, styrofoam-like, corky material. The plant also produces large bunches of small, dark-purple-to-black berries.

40 years ago the lot we built our home on was covered with many hundreds of these giant weeds. And, there are probably millions of them growing along our canal banks, edges-of-woods and in semi-cleared land.

I’m probably wrong but, I think they may be part of the ragweed family.

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davidnall

You’re right about those bloodweeds,cher. They’re a mess. Grow every place that does’nt get cut regulary.I dont know the real name for them, but bloodweed is good enough for me.
If you rub your arms or legs on the undersides of the leaves or stalks they give you a blood blister. Okra does the same. BTW. Im from Krotz Springs in the upper Atchafalaya basin, and b,weeds here can get 16’tall with 6″trunks out the ground. You cant pull em up with your truck. Laissez le bon temps roullez.

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missingtheobvious

There is a giant ragweed which grows throughout Louisiana, Ambrosia trifida, which is known as Bloodweed.
http://www.hgtvgardens.com/flowers-and-plants/great-ragweed-ambrosia-trifida

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missingtheobvious; You are probably right. However, after your link led me on a search of “Great/Giant Ragweed”, I spent over an hour “googling” that plant. It seems unusual that none of the sites I visited made mention of the distinctive freckled bark or corky core of the plant. It was obvious that many sites just parroted verbatim what the other sites had already written.

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This post was edited by bigoledude on Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 3:56

I hate (inadvertently) calling things by the wrong name. With our French, Spanish and Native American influence here in the extreme SE of Louisiana, many names for animals, fish, birds and plants have been corrupted to the point that hardly any locals know the correct names for them! I have been tr…