Weed-type plant w/purple flowers in Sautee, GA

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Date Photo Taken: August 11, 2011
Location: Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Posted By: MissyWhitmire

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This plant has appeared all over the bank and old orchard/garden area behind by house in Sautee, GA. The leaves showed up first, flat on the ground. The stalk grew out of the center of the leaves, now little purple flowers are blooming out of the stalk and each flower has 3 leaves at the base. What is it, is it a weed, flower, herb? Thanks so much for any id assistance!!

COMMENTS

  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    leafy elephantfoot

    http://uswildflowers.uswildflowers.org/detail.php?SName=Elephantopus%20carolinianus

    August 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    This one looks more like the Devils Grandmother: Elephantopus Tomentosus. Our ancestors must have had a real issue with this one to have hung it with the Devils Grandmother moniker! http://www.easttennesseewildflowers.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=Summer-Woodland-Blue&id=Copy_of_Devils_Grandmother_HR1

    August 18th, 2011 at 10:42 am
  3. Missy Whitmire Unregistered says:

    Thanks so much for these answers. The butterflies like it, but it’s invasive, and hard to mow.. it lays down then pops back up!! I’m trying to revive an old orchard/garden area, and this Elephant’s Foot/Devil’s Grandmother flower is everywhere. I’m having to dig up each plant. The next day it’s like they grew back overnight! I don’t want to spray chemicals, but I might have to, my back can’t take all that digging. Thanks!!

    August 19th, 2011 at 9:52 am

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