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Date Photo Taken: 06/16/2013
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posted By: LisaMPrice


I live in St. Paul, MN and this popped up in my garden. The leaves are fuzzy/rough/sticky, not soft like lamb’s ear. The stems have short, prickly ‘hairs’ but not thorns. It is a rather tall plant, almost chest height. We chopped it down last year before it could flower, but decided to let it grow this year to try and figure out what it is. I don’t know if it is a weed, or what! Help?


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Is that yellow the flower or is that something else?

    June 17th, 2013 at 9:54 am
  2. LisaMPrice Registered says:

    The yellow is the hops plant, which is next to this plant. This plant has small clusters of light purple flowers, as shown in the other pictures.

    June 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    it might be a comfrey (Symphytum) or borage (Borago officinalis)…

    or a hackeleia

    As they are all in the same family, best bet is to wait for bloom.


    June 17th, 2013 at 10:03 am
  4. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m going to say comfrey, too. I recently added comfrey to my garden, and it looks just like it.

    June 18th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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