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ornamental sunflowers

These sunflowers were table decorations in a restaurant I was in this week.  I love the color of the red one, and hope someone will know the name of it, and maybe a source for seed.  I included a...

pretty little begonia

I couldn't resist the flower/leaf color combination of this begonia which was half-price at a nursery today.  Does anyone have any idea what its name might be?  In exchange for being almost...

Shrub with lovely blue leaves

I hate it when plant labels disintegrate.  This is a gorgeous shrub, purchased years ago, and finally planted this year (I am an unrecovered plantaholic).  But I have no idea at all what it...

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Re: Need help identifying this beauty early spring flower Zone 5b-6

I think it is actually a hepatica. Much daintier than the anemone, and also a much earlier bloomer.

Re: Mystery Agave

It looks a lot like an aloe vera. But I don’t know if they can get quite that spikey.

Re: Mystery Bush with White Flowers

It looks like a raphiolepsis indica, also known as Indian Hawthorne.

Re: Bought it for $1 at lowes

Dead nettle, lamium purpureum. You will probably soon be regretting how easily it roots.

Re: Mystery houseplant

It looks a lot like a hoya plant, but you didn't mention leaf texture. Are they quite thick, stiff and waxy?

Re: Help! What are these?!

Another possibility is fireweed, spread by fluffy seedheads and underground rhizomes. Similar leaf structure, but different flower.

Re: mystery plant please help

The flower buds look a lot like borage. You would have to wait to see if you get clusters of pretty blue edible blooms.

Re: A nasty tough weed!

The leaf looks a lot like ajuga reptans (AKA bugleweed). It is a perennial producing pretty blue flowers about this time of year. When it likes its growing conditions, it gets very invasive. I suspect it easily grows from little bits of root left behind when removing it, so if you remove one plant, you get a hundred new ones in exchange.

Re: Weed or Plant?

Bracken fern. Turns brown in the fall, and dies down over the winter. Spreads primarily by tough rhizomes deep down in the soil. Tough to get rid of, but I have read of some enterprising people in northern England who made millions harvesting it for mulch.

Re: from the birds?

It is a euphorbia. Not sure which one, possibly Ruby Glow, but that will get you started. Gorgeous foliage, but poisonous sap.

Re: evergreen shrub

It would appear to be a pink abelia.

Re: can you identify ??

Norfolk Island Pine.

Re: Mystery succulent

It is an aeonium. Not sure which one, but that will get you started.

Re: unknown plant?

You don't show the leaves, but just based on the fruit, I am guessing it is a stinking iris (Iris foetidissima), grown primarily for its showy fruit.

Although showy, it is not a plant you would choose to grow near your garden living areas, as it is aptly named.

Re: What kind of shrub is this?

It appears to be a winter-blooming camellia (sasanqua).

Re: What kind of plant is this?

You don't mention what zone this is in, but check out Mandevilla splendens alba as a possibility.

Re: Plant from botanical garden. Might be exotic.

The leaves look a lot like avocado, and the seed also sounds like avocado. Check it out and see if it matches.

Re: Mystery hanging basket flowers

White scaevola (fan flower) and a pink/white fuchsia. Both are tender plants in a temperate climate.

Re: Please help me identify this one!?

Poor peony! Get it back into the ground ASAP.

Re: What is this flower?

It is a saucer magnolia. Isn't it glorious?

Re: unknown plant

It is an annual euphorbia, 'Snow on the Mountain', a pretty variegated filler in the garden.

Re: Tall Hunter Green Specimen in Zone 5

It is a Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphititica), a native perennial in the US, considered desirable for woodland gardens.

Re: Tall Golden Beauty

The plant is mullein, a common roadside plant. But the "serpent-like stalk" is a mutation, and very interesting.

Re: Beautiful Flowers Breckenridge, what are they?

Delphinium. Lovely garden perennial.

Re: Neat leaves

The plant size is difficult to ascertain from your photo, but the habit of the plant suggests the weed called bedstraw or perhaps cleaver weed if it is quite tiny. Does it have a square stem, and stick to your clothing?

Re: Need assistance with an ID

Although the blossom resembles euphorbia, I believe this is actually miner's lettuce, an edible native.

Re: Hosta? Wild ginger? I can't figure this one out

Check out the various ligularias. Quite a few have leaves in that shape, and they tend to be very large. There are several bloom forms, so identification may depend on how yours looks when in full bloom.

Re: Ground cover I like

Might it be Viola hederacea - Native or Ivy-leaf Violet?

Re: Ubiquitous winged seeds

They would appear to be tulip tree (liriodendron tulipifera) seeds.

Re: mystery shrub

It is a euphorbia, (Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii most likely) and ideally, would be upright and bushy. The easiest way to get a better plant would be to allow it to flower and then set seed. They tend to be quite prolific, and you can then harvest the seedlings for some new plants. Beware though that euphorbia is poisonous (like its family member poinsettia). The sap may irritate skin and eyes.

Re: Please identify

I am afraid it is probably giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), a very dangerous plant. Even a tiny amount of the sap can cause painful burns and blisters if you get any on your skin, and that area is then exposed to sunlight. Check on the internet for images to compare, then check your area noxious plant regulations. It can be a huge financial liability to have these plants anywhere that children might be harmed by them.

Re: Fall bloomer

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, AKA plumbago. A nice plant for off-season flowering.

Re: invasive mystery

It would appear to be a Japanese knotweed, AKA polygonum cuspidatum or Fallopia japonica, an invasive weed or valuable herb, depending on your perspective. If knotweed, it will grow tall and have white blossoms.

Alternatively, it could be ceratostigma plumbaginoides, a groundcover perennial with blue blossoms in the fall.

Both have very similar alternate leaves with fleshy stems.

Re: unfamiliar broadleaf evergreen

It would appear to be spurge laurel, an escapee from English gardens. Properly known as Daphne laureola subsp. laureola. Although picturesque, it is considered a dangerous invader as all parts of it are very poisonous.

Re: Unk vine in NE WA. Mtns May 2010

Clematis alpina. Mine is a darker blue, so I am not sure exactly which cultivar you have.

Re: What's this plant in my shade garden?

Looks like a hellebore, probably foetidus, the stinking hellebore. You will need to look for flowers in late winter, early spring.

Re: Mystery plant in Pacific Northwest

I don't know about your hand notation, but the shiny opposite leaves with the crinkled edge are just like those of Garrya elliptica. If it is a Garrya, it will eventually develop tassels in late winter or early spring. You are unsure if it is deciduous; the Garrya is evergreen. It is native to warm temperate regions of the west coast.

Re: April-May blooming ephemeral.

Sorry about that. What do you think about Primula sieboldii 'Snowdrop', or possibly some other species primula?

Re: April-May blooming ephemeral.

I googled it and found it. Here is the name and description from a site about restoring the native landscape (

Cut Leaved Toothwort ~ Cardamine concatenata (Dentaria laciniata)

Cut Leaved Toothwort is another spring woodland ephemeral that just started to flower this week here in central Minnesota. The four parted white flowers are arranged in a cluster above the whorled deeply toothed leaves.

Re: flower or weed?

I think you will find that it is comfrey, not borage. It is a medicinal herb, has a root as large as your forearm, and is almost impossible to eradicate. You may not want to eradicate it however, since it is terrific in the compost. An overfull compost will reduce itself to half its size overnight with a top dressing of comfrey leaves. And check out "manure tea". With comfrey as an ingredient, it is a splendid tonic for all plants.

Re: Early spring bloomer - once every seven years!

Crown Imperial Lily. Gorgeous plant.

Re: woodland flower

Haquetia epipactis. It may have a common name, but I don't know it. Mine grow in a moderately sunny spot in the Pacific Northwest. I think they are really cute.

Re: groundcover in Japan

The leaf is a good clue to the polygonum family (now known as persicaria). A google search quickly finds polygonum capitatum, AKA pink knotweed. Nancy Ondra at has a nice article on self-sowers that includes a write-up on this plant.

Re: Mystery plant

Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana). Don't know which one, but that should get you looking in the right place.

Re: What is this?

Scilla peruviana
Stout stems up to 30cm bearing large conical heads of deep blue flowers from late April through till early June. Requires a rich, well drained soil in good light. Very large bulbs.

Re: suddenly taking over this summer

The leaves and aggressiveness suggest trumpet vine (campsis radicans). They do have beautiful orange-red flowers later in the summer, and are said to be a magnet for hummingbirds.

Re: Help

Looks a lot like Carpenteria californica. Are you in zone 8 or warmer?

Re: Shade loving lily like?

I have these in the forested area of my garden in the Pacific Northwest. I have previously identified these in my garden, but my filing system has failed me! I think it is a member of the lily family. In the west it would be Streptopus roseus, AKA Rosy Twistedstalk. Streptopus amplexifolius looks a lot like it too, and both seem to be considered noxious weeds, but on the other hand to have edible berries. Take your choice.

Re: A Tansy, I think. Looking for the specific name.

How about Dwarf Golden Feverfew, AKA Golden Feather, properly known as Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum'?

Re: Mystery Plant 4/30/10

I think you have a ligularia, probably "The Rocket".

Re: oak shaped leaves, mystery plant

Macleaya cordata, possibly recently renamed bocconia cordata. In the poppy family, generally grown for its foliage.

Re: What kind of shrub is this?

Any chance of a few more hints? Zone, whether or not evergreen, shrub or vine?

Re: Astilbe???

I think you are looking at pink spirea, AKA hardtack, Spirea douglasii, native to wet areas in the Pacific Northwest.

Re: Mystery plant-Astilbe on steroids?

I think you will find that something in the Persicaria or Fallopia group will give you a good clue. Japanese knotweed is a gorgeous and invasive plant that goes by either name, but there are lots of other family members. The leaf looks about right for this group, whereas the flowers look more like the aruncus (goat's beard) but your photo does not show a pinnate leaf.

Re: What is this?

Mountain Sandwort (Arenaria montana) might be the name you are looking for. Two to four inches high, 1 foot spread, 5-petaled 1 inch flowers in late spring.

If not the right name, perhaps a close-up of the foliage and a bit more description would help.

Re: Mystery Woodland Plant

It looks like a Saruma henryi to me. Are you in the mild Pacific Northwest? The Saruma is a close cousin of the ginger plant, and is about 15-18 inches tall with yellow flowers. The one in my garden remained green this winter.

Re: What are these plants?

And the other one is a Lysimachia punctata.

Re: What are these plants?

The large-leaved plant is a petasites. There are several species, but probably japonica.