Great greenery, but is it a weed or a flower?

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Date Photo Taken: 04/20/2013
Location: Peachtree Corners, GA
Posted By: parityanimal

Notes:

I’ve got several things that look like these and they are getting enormous. I hesitate to cut them out as I planted thousands of different annual and perennial seeds last year and these COULD be something wonderful, but so far all they do is grow and get huge and split off and kind of explode. No indication as yet of any intention to bloom and I’m really close to digging them out.

Anyone know what these are?

Thanks!

COMMENTS

  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like vipers bugloss to me…
    http://stonethegardener.tumblr.com/tagged/vipers-bugloss
    Here’s a pic with stokesia…
    http://gardens-in-the-sand.blogspot.com/2012/05/blooms.html

    It should soon bloom, I’ve got some in bloom already.
    In spite of negative things posted about vipers bugloss online, I haven’t found it to be anything but a well behaved biennial here in the Macon Georgia area.

    April 21st, 2013 at 9:08 am
  2. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Would bugloss have multiple stalks radiating out at the base? These were just a single rosette until spring really kicked in and then they just exploded into multiple stalks all ending in a rosette and have gotten quite large. If they ARE bugloss, I’ll leave them and look forward to the pretty flowers, and deadhead except for a few seed to plant in a problematical bed on the other side of the garage, to avoid them taking over the front beds entirely.

    In all fairness, I did plant a hummingbird/butterfly mix of perennials, biennials and annual last year and don’t know if bugloss was in that or not. It certainly could have been…

    April 21st, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  3. Jeanette Unregistered says:

    If you google sundrop flower I think you will find your mystery flower. Also called Evening Primrose.
    Mine came from some wildflower seed. It grew approx 4 ft. tall and had branches low on the plant at least 2 feet long. The bloom looks like the bloom on a primrose flower and is yellow. The botanical name is oenothera. I have one growing again this year.
    (Oenothera fruticosa)
    The bold golden Sundrop is a stunning plant in a butterfly garden.

    This perennial bursts into brilliant bloom in early summer, attracting scores of butterflies.

    With very little effort, the Sundrop will thrive and spread to fill your garden with colorful blooms. This sunny bloom will accent the other flowers in your garden and brighten your entire yard.

    Attracts: and more

    Color(s): Yellow flowers

    Sun Exposure: Sun

    Soil: Various

    Average Height: 18 in. – 24 in.

    Average Spread: 1 1/2 ft. – 2 ft.

    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 – 9

    Note: Deer resistance

    April 21st, 2013 at 7:08 pm
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    In truth, all those bits radiating out helped identify the plant.

    I NEVER deadhead, and still get very few seedlings from this plant… this is what I meant by “well-behaved”.

    I think I might have 3 plants in my personal garden, last year I had 4.

    Rather than deadhead, you might want to collect some seed!

    I wild-collected my original seeds… found growing next to the road…

    You could potentially have something that showed up without any help from you… My favourite kind of plants!

    April 21st, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  5. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Hmmm. Some of the leaves look slightly different from others, from one plant to another. Maybe I have both! I’ll let them keep growing and see what I get then.

    Thanks y’all!

    April 22nd, 2013 at 10:15 am
  6. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    They do look a little like two different plants. The greeny yellowish one does look somewhat like Evening Primrose-not sure about it.

    But Stone is correct about the Stokes Aster. I have grown it for many years. Mine are not thugs either and a real delight.

    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  7. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Actually… My comment was not about the stoke’s aster… Sorry for the confusion…

    After the mention of evening primrose, I took pics of vipers bugloss and evening primrose for comparison…

    http://stonethegardener.tumblr.com/post/48928703247/vipers-bugloss-and-evening-primrose

    Parity… is this plant blooming yet?
    ne updates 4 us?

    May 15th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  8. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Not blooming yet. Just growing…getting impatient as they are taking a LOT of room up in the beds where they are growing, and eating the sidewalk too!

    May 15th, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  9. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    OK! We have flowers on one of the plants now. But how can I add a flower here? Hmmmm…guess I’ll just have to point to a link.

    http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz19/parityanimal/IMG_20130524_103947.jpg

    and

    http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz19/parityanimal/IMG_20130524_103934.jpg

    May 24th, 2013 at 10:51 am
  10. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m thinking that some variety of Oenothera (Sundrop or Evening Primrose) is going to be the winner on the paler yellow green ones. The darker bluish green ones have yet to bloom so the jury is still out on those.

    May 24th, 2013 at 11:15 am
  11. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Probably http://www.zibbet.com/agardenofmagick/artwork?artworkId=26544 or close to it…

    May 24th, 2013 at 11:19 am
  12. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Good to see your evening primrose… I missed that one…
    When they are still rosettes, (in the winter) you can pull them up, and cook them.
    At my house, the greens taste like any winter greens, and the roots taste like taters!
    I had a picture of a pile of freshly pulled plants at Facebook, and Mark Z. Seems to have misplaced my pic.

    May 24th, 2013 at 11:49 am
  13. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    If they go to seed and spread much, I may well be eating them this winter! The plants currently out there are MORE than sufficient for my blooming purposes and are sticking out over the sidewalk. This is the REALLY BIG form, about 5 feet tall now!

    May 24th, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  14. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Ok… I located that pic of evening primrose rosettes that I cooked after photographing.

    http://stonethegardener.tumblr.com/post/12367666354/evening-primrose

    In my garden, I have tons of them… after allowing them to set seed every year… It’s ok, I’m happy to use them as nutrient accumulators.

    June 26th, 2013 at 7:47 pm
  15. tmmmomma Unregistered says:

    Not vipers bugloss

    July 4th, 2013 at 10:50 pm
  16. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Not hardly. We’ve established that it is Sundrop (Evening Primrose) and it’s enormous.

    July 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

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