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Sunflower or sumac?

what is it please - planted "sunflower" seeds but think it might be "sumac"
I want to plant some sunflowers but do not want sumac
can anyone tell me before they get too big they are a problem to remove?
thank you


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,944
    Those are the cotyledons or ‘seed leaves’ which all look much the same. An ID won’t be possible until it produces some ‘true leaves’. 
    What makes you think it may be a sumac?  Did you plant some sumac seeds too?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,891
    I agree. Too early for an ID.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,464
    It's certainly a new baby seedling and not a sucker from a nearby sumach (assuming you mean Rhus typhina, the stag's horn sumach, which is a notorious suckerer particularly if it's been pruned or damaged). Whether it's a sunflower seedling, it's too soon to tell.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Thank you all - I thought it might be a bit too early 
    I put this photo into a "plant identifier" app and it came up with "sumac"
    but the seeds came from a bag of sunflower bird seed that the birds "dumped" in mass
    I have seen young sunflowers and hoped it was 
    but having had things "not be" what I thought they should be
    I was hoping to find out before planting out
    so thank you I will keep them in a pot until a better id can be made
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