Weed, or someone's run away?

eurstupid(6/7)August 19, 2014

Two years ago I had this plant spring up on the outside of my back yard. I saved some seeds because I thought it a pretty flower.
I didn't plant any last year and no signs of it anywhere so I assumed it was an annual.
This year, I still didn't plant the seeds and this plant sprouted everywhere across my back fence.
It's obviously a toughie, growing in dense clumps of weeds and some plants looking close to 6' tall.
It looks familiar but what I'm thinking of, which I can't remember the name, is not known for growing tall.
It does seem to grow from a clump with multiple stems.
Thanks
Al

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eurstupid(6/7)

Standing back view of the plant. Also, I bike ride often and don't see this in anyone's yards. Curious too on the where it came from aspect. Probably birds but it's spread across a 30' area.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 3:44PM
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MarcPerr(5)

You might compare it to some pink honeysuckles.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 3:49PM
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carol23_gw

It may be a weedy Epilobium, aka willowherb.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:50PM
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MarcPerr(5)

carol23, may be onto something. A closer look and those do look like individual plants. Willowherb is a good guess.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:56PM
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eurstupid(6/7)

I don't believe we have this ID'ed yet so I'm adding a few more pics.
The main stalk looks pretty woody with lots of branches coming off the main stem.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:29PM
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eurstupid(6/7)

I think I missed the main bloom cycle of the plant and can't find any open flowers but you can get an idea by the seed pods the way the flowers cluster. It rained heavy this morning and the flowers are very delicate. They have 3 petal and look slightly variegated with a pinkish/white mix.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:33PM
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eurstupid(6/7)

And lastly, a little better picture of the foliage. Thanks all for the suggestions.
Al

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:35PM
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nonmember_gw

Gaura sp? (now included in Oenothera)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:57PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

It doesn't look like a Gaura to me (except the woody lower stem).

The Gauras I'm familiar with all have 4 petals which are held upward, while there are many stamens hanging downward. This looks like a totally different shape of flower: we're seeing multiple flowers rather than petals on a single flower.

Gaura flowers aren't spaced so closely on the stem.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:50PM
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eurstupid(6/7)

I had a Gaura years back. Couldn't think of the name. The flowers do resemble it but the one I had was not nearly as tall as these. Maybe just a different variety. Thanks for that reminder though, I'll have to look to see if this is maybe some variety of that.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:13PM
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