soft feathery weed that grew 6ft tall

veelee1March 1, 2009

Last summer i noticed two of these beautiful soft growing feather plants. they started small and by end of summer they were both 6ft high,changed into a lovely pink orange autumn color and looked like a cross between wheat stalk and weeping wilow. The stalk has about 6 shoots that made it full when all together.

I know it must of dropped seeds so as soon as i see more growing i will replant in other areas of my yard. I think for its height i may have a bit of a great hedge with some pruning.

Anyone know what this weed is?

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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

It looks like Eupatorium capillifolium, dogfennel.

Here is a link that might be useful: Eupatorium capillifolium, dogfennel

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 12:51PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Looks like cosmos - google cosmos foliage and take a peek at a couple of images. Did it flower?
Hortster

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 3:39PM
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esh_ga

Last summer i noticed two of these beautiful soft growing feather plants. they started small and by end of summer they were both 6ft high

I agree with susanc, it is dogfennel if it got to 6 ft tall.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 5:26PM
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sarahbarah27(5)

I have had Cosmos that gpt pretty tall on me, especially the ones that have reseeded my themselves. It is possible for them to be cosmos!

Sarah

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 6:54AM
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remy_gw

Cosmos can get pretty darn tall. I've had them bigger than me, but the clue here besides no cosmos flowers is the fall color.
I found this reference:
Dog fennel is a plant of roadsides and waste fields and is a short lived summer perennial growing 3-9 feet tall.
The leaves are fragrant and divided into thread-like segments which give it a fern like appearance. The stems
are hairy and reddish in color. Flowers appear in the late summer and are numerous, small and white with a pink
tinge. In the fall the entire plant may turn a light reddish purple color.
Remy

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 11:00PM
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