ONE native I don't recognize

davidrt28 (zone 7)August 26, 2013

These are both from the semi-swampy area of my garden that I haven't been able to mow this summer because it's been so wet.

The one on the left is a low running forb about 3' wide and 1' tall with floppy stems, but the flowers are held up and quite showy. Maybe something in the Onagraceae? It's on a section of higher ground so I don't think it's really a wetlands plant at all.

The grass seed head on the right is from a grass about 3' tall, 4' including the heads, with pretty non-descript light green leaves with a "zip" along the back side, like what's on the side of a pampus grass leaf. From a distance I thought they were the seed heads of a Scirpus...wait...update. It is one. They just don't resemble the other Scirpus I'm more familiar with. The leaves of it are more grass like that any Cyperaceae I've seen.

This post was edited by davidrt28 on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 21:45

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The pink flower is some type of Rhexia.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:25PM
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Rhexia virginica or Meadow Beauty. Every time I have ever seen a Rhexia it has been near a wet area or where you would expect to see water, ditch, swale. etc.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:59PM
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The other one could be a sedge (carex).

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:34PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

Thanks! What a great forum!
ESH, that is a member of the sedge family, but not a carex. It is probably a Scirpus cyperinus.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:41PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

I might try to cultivate the Rhexia as long as it doesn't get too weedy. It's definitely one of the showier wildflowers around here.
I can see that it's a distant relative of Tibouchina.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:43PM
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Thanks for the update - good to know.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:44PM
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