SOLVED: This tall stranger rose out of a bed of dwarf ruellia

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Does anyone know what this is?

I'm curious and kinda partial to keeping it but I've been seriously burned by following that notion before.
Would like to know if this is a weed or just an unusual volunteer. I've never seen it around here.

TIA ~ Łaz

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Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Merry Christmas, Lazlo!!! Your plant looks to me like a stunted sunflower, possibly deposited there by a bird or rat OR squirrel.

Municipality of Murr, PA

I'm going to put forth the guess that it is something in the Oenothera family. It seems to have mildew.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Sooo, the mildew was the reason for my guess - every sunflower I've ever seen was covered in mildew! LOL

Barbourville, KY(Zone 7a)

I'm thinking Oenothera too, very possibly Oenothera biennis.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

You guys are probably correct - I was purely guessing.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I've checked out a lot of pics of Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) and I am inclined to agree with SS and pdf . . . btw, it is not mildew. LOL - - that is good old Texas dirt - - we haven't had rain in more than 60 days and that is just good old dirt, Texas style.

My thanks to everyone for pitching in on this one.

Happy New Year !

~ Łaz

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