I'm looking for some ID help for this interesting wildflower that the wind blew along our dirt road yesterday (in the foothills of Eastern Washington about 3 miles from "civilization"). Zone 5. I hiked around but couldn't find the plant the blossom might have originated from.. I tried looking in many of the wildflower databases, google search etc and came close (Foxglove, Broomrape) but there is always some detail that doesn't quite fit. The scent is strong like pepper mixed with lemon....Thank you!
SOLVED: Please Help ID Wildflower Cascade Foothills Eastern WA
Reminds me of a Paulownia tomentosa flower.
I agree with Kell. That is what I thought too. I don't remember a smell as you described though associated with Paulownia tomentosa.
I do not remember a scent either but it has been years since I saw one up close. Of course I remember the first time I saw one of these trees in flower. LOL
PlantFiles says "Flowers are fragrant." I just read 4 articles on them and each described the fragrance differently.
Here are 2 great articles on them:
"Their scent reveals a riverside terroir that smells ozonic, vanillic, powdery and almond-like. The fragrance is most prominent when dusk arrives."
"''These trees grew about 15 feet the first year and another 20 feet the second year,'' Mr. Blickenstaff, the president of the American Paulownia Association, said, patting one of the round trunks. ''That's 35 feet in two years.''"
Well I had a good laugh at myself. We have 5 of the Empress Splendor (Paulownia) trees in our driveway. They have never bloomed yet, so I am pretty sure that's where they came from although I don't see any more. Thank you all for you help! I look forward to seeing more of these "mystery blooms" next year :).
From the NY Times article, you are sitting on a gold mine!
Gold mine? They are weed trees here. HAHA! I prefer to cut them to the ground just so the suckers have the giant leaves and won't flower for a few years (one way to keep them from becoming weeds?) I cut them down as soon as I see them in the yard but our neighbor has a blooming one in her jungle of a backyard (she doesn't do anything in her yard - front or back) so seedlings pop up here and there.