Volunteer plant ID

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

I usually am the one helping others with ID's on this forum, but it looks like something has come along that has stumped me. It looks very familiar, but I can't put my finger on what it is. It just popped up in between some Chrysanthemums and Centaureas. Hoping someone here can refresh my memory.

Thanks in advance.

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Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

Any ideas? I'm still trying to figure it out.

Chevy Chase, MD(Zone 7a)

None from me -- sorry!

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Reminds me of a Sedum but I`d wait until it has a bloom for a more clear ID.

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

I guess I'll have to do that. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

looks juicy but not really as fleshy as I expect on a Sedum...but I can't come up with anything either. and (naggingly familiar)

Columbus, OH

Shasta Daisy or Evening Primrose?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Montauk Daisy?

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

Hmmm. I don't think it's a daisy or evening primrose...it seems far too small to be either of them. It's only about 5 or 6 inches tall right now. Thanks for the suggestions, though.

This message was edited May 21, 2012 9:30 AM

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I have a funny feeling this is gonna be one of those "smack your forehead cuz you knew what it was " kinda plants. It looks so familiar....

Columbus, OH

Me too. I know what this is. Grrr.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Me too. I don't think it's a Sedum now but it looks so familiar. Patience is a virtue.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I Hope it doesn't turn out to be a noxious weed....that is usually what happens to me...grin

Columbus, OH

Yes, I coddled some horrible invasive weedy asters and the are STILL in my flower beds.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I had a tree come up in the yard that everyone calls Silver leaf.... supposed to be a "lovely little tree" I have pulled a couple dozen of them up and am still trying to find a botanic name for it...Not maple, or poplar or any other that I can find with that name...but it grows really fast has small leaves with silver undersides...and spreads like wildfire....and is NOT lovely at all. 8-(

Columbus, OH

I don't know about Louisiana, but here Elaeagnus angustifolia is an invasive, silver-leafed small tree. I hate it.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

We have E angustfolia in the northern part of the state, but this has small leaves and no thorns. Think I may just post a new thread...don't want to hijack this one...grin

Chevy Chase, MD(Zone 7a)

Could it be Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana), http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/23622/?

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

Quote from happy_macomb :
Could it be Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana), http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/23622/?


Hmmm, that's a good suggestion, but I have those in other parts of the yard (where I cant seem to get rid of them, haha) and they don't look much like this volunteer when they come up at all.

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

Quote from themoonhowl :
I Hope it doesn't turn out to be a noxious weed....that is usually what happens to me...grin


That would be just my luck...and sometimes I think I've seen every horrible noxious weed that exists, but there's always a new one to throw me a curveball. Hopefully this turns out to be something pretty, at least, regardless of whether it's noxious or not.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Show an image with something else in it for scale (a ruler, glove, trowel, etc.). Sometimes that'll trigger a gardener's mind...

Bretten, Germany

Could it be Golden Sedum ? Sedum aizoon is growing in my garden and it looks very similar.

Newport News, VA(Zone 7b)

looks like my angelonias.

Columbus, OH

Some kind of snapdragon?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Not Montauk daisy of my guess- Montauk not paired like this is.

Chattanooga, TN(Zone 7b)

could it be an asclepias?
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/11491/

Columbus, OH

Dianthus of some kind?

Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6b)

As soon as it gets light tomorrow I'll take a picture with a ruler next to it. In the meantime, Sedum aizoon does have very similar foliage but after studying both the Sedum and the unknown plant in my yard, I really don't think it matches. I wasn't able to find a multitude of good images of the young growth habit of that variety of Sedum though, so the verdict is still out on it.

Angelonia also is very similar looking, but Angelonia leaves aren't as serrated as the plant in question. It could be a variety I'm not familiar with, so I'll keep looking into that.

Snapdragon...similar to Angelonia, doesn't have the serrated leaves. At least not the common variety.

Asclepias and Dianthus look negative, but again, I really appreciate the suggestions. If anything, at least it narrows stuff down a bit.

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

I'm thinking one of the "aptenia" or ice plants . When I first looked I thought cactus leaved aster.Having difficulty finding a good photo of either,besides the usual no match.

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