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Old July 18th, 2008, 11:14 PM
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Mystery flowers--anyone know what these are?

I've got some flowers that come back year after year but that I can't identify. I'm hoping someone else can. Preferably before they succumb to hazel's moldy thumb.

This one grows wild just to the south of our property. It came up last year, too...it looks a bit like a picture I found of a rough hedge-nettle, but I'm not sure...

It gets pretty tall--a yard (or a meter) or so.

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This one grows year after year in the hummingbird garden. I thought hazel's moldy thumb had gotten it last year, but after I thinned out some of the denser weeds last fall, it found enough room to come back again this spring. It's fairly short--less than a foot high--and has tiny leaves.

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And finally, this one also returns year after year in the well garden. There's more in the front lawn and even a couple of plants out by the mailbox. I'm pretty sure this one is not a wildflower, but I have no idea what it is. It, too, is fairly short--maybe a foot or so (no taller than half a meter).

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Can anyone shed any light on identities?
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Old July 18th, 2008, 11:29 PM
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OooooOOOOOoooooooohhhhh, pick me I know what the middle one is (I think)......


Jacob's Ladder

I have one in my garden too.

I have two varieties... one is white, it's pretty big, maybe 2.5 feet at its peak, the other, like yours, is purplish and is only about a foot high - I think it's a mini version.

So far it has survived my black thumb and the wrath of my marauding herd of chickens Looks like it might be spreading this year. Definitely a hardy little plant.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:32 AM
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Jacob's ladder, eh? I'll have to look that up! I've heard of it, but thought I'd never seen it Cool! Thanks, otter.

(now I want to get one of the bigger varieties, too )
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:41 AM
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I have no idea what your plants are - but they are pretty!
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:46 AM
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Thanks, JanM!

Every year it seems I learn what more and more of the flowers are around here. But these three have stumped me for two years now.

I have a really good field guide for wildflowers...or I did anyway. I left it out on the deck yesterday during our thunderstorms... ...but it's no good for the horticultural specimens. And since yesterday's rain, it's not too good for the wildflowers anymore, either!
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Old July 19th, 2008, 07:49 AM
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Hazel,I have no idea either,but they are pretty,maybe our plant/cat person 14+ can help..
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