Its growing on its own around the neighborhood. I imagine its going to flower...? I live in the Blue Ridge foothills outside of Hendersonville, NC 28791
My first post! Can anyone identify this plant?
Looks like the flowers will be open in a few days. Posting a photo or two of the open flowers will greatly reduce the guess work in identifying your plant.
Look like a Purple Sanicle or Shoe Buttons - Sanicula bipinnatifida a member of Apiaceae ( parsley/carot family). Ecology: Open grassland, often serpentine, or pine/oak woodland.
This species is restricted to the west coast, if you had taken your picture in NC, it's not a match, in that case, for me it look like an Apiaceae but not an other Sanicula sp. for sure.
You can check the drawing plate at: http://plantgenera.org/ILLUSTRATIONS_HD/57364.jpg
For me it's quite similar.
I did a quick Google search and it appears that Sanicula bipinnatifida is a west coast native.
The plant pictured looks like a Packera sp. Packera aurea is fairly common and starts to flower this time of year. http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plants/details/senecio-aureus-packera-aurea/
If you can please mark this thread as solved, that would be awesome!