Nice leaves but annoying spike

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Date Photo Taken: 05/26/2014
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: cindy4166

Notes:

We have several of these that came with the house. They come up every spring and sport a long and boring flower spike(probably 4feet tall)) during the summer. Were these planted on purpose or a weed?

COMMENTS

  1. Metrosideros Flower Fanatic says:

    Maybe Acanthus spinosus, Spiny Bear’s Breeches.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthus_spinosus

    May 26th, 2014 at 3:37 pm
  2. cindy4166 Apprentice says:

    Thanks but not it! The leaves are much broader and the spike has flowers just at the tip.

    May 26th, 2014 at 3:57 pm
  3. Jim Unregistered says:

    Polymnia uvedalia?

    May 26th, 2014 at 5:40 pm
  4. cindy4166 Apprentice says:

    Thanks but that’s not it! Again it sends up a very tall spike with very unremarkable flowers on the tip of it.

    May 26th, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  5. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    It really does look like Broad Leafed Bear’s Breeches. there are a lot of environmental factors that can cause poor flowering. Too little water, poor nutrition, too many poisons used in the area. Look at this pic and compare leaves. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/57301/#b

    June 7th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
  6. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    Here is a pic of the flower spike.

    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/3257/

    June 7th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  7. cindy Unregistered says:

    Thanks but it is not the mystery plant. Each one is about 6 leaves total and the shape is a bit different. The flower spike is actually about 6 feet and just has a few tiny yellow flowers at the end. These come back year after year, never multiply. The spike appears and lasts all summer.

    Any other ideas?

    June 7th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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