It's HUGE, man!

SlenderHopeSeptember 1, 2013

A while back I tossed some wildflower seeds into a bed in my front yard. I don't know if this scattering of seeds is related to the eruption of these plants or if they are just really big weeds. The biggest one is probably six feet tall. So far, I'm seeing no sign of flower buds.

I've let them stay so far because the foliage is really pretty and whatever they are, they have a bit of impact.

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SlenderHope

Here's another photo.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 4:45PM
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esh_ga

Ragweed.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 5:02PM
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SlenderHope

No. I know it's not ragweed. I found a couple of those growing in the bed and they are not the same. The leaf is very similar, but it's not as leggy as that plant and there are no buds on it. The ragweed was covered in them. This may be related, but it's not the same.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 5:37PM
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SlenderHope

No. I know it's not ragweed. I found a couple of those growing in the bed and they are not the same. The leaf is very similar, but it's not as leggy as that plant and there are no buds on it. The ragweed was covered in them. This may be related, but it's not the same.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 5:50PM
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jaynine

Looks like common ragweed/Ambrosia artemisiifolia to me, too.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 6:31PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Might be cosmos which can get big in it's un-refined form.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 6:55PM
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esh_ga

Yes, true, could be the orange cosmos.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 8:38PM
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carol23_gw

The orange one flowers early, is short, tops out around 3 feet.
I think it's ragweed.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 9:02PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Not the unhybridized ones, they can be six feet tall.

Here is a link that might be useful:

This post was edited by saltcedar on Tue, Oct 15, 13 at 17:34

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 9:21PM
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SlenderHope

Thanks saltcedar, but the link doesn't work for me. Nevertheless, I think that what I have may well be a giant cosmos. I have smaller cosmos in my bed and the foliage is almost exactly the same. Also, from what I've been reading, a number of people in other forums are claiming that these things can reach 10 feet tall. One of mine is well on its way to that height. I'll be curious to see what happens...if they bloom. If they do, I'll post photos here.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 10:56AM
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costaricafinca

I would go with Cosmos too
They just about took over our farm...

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 11:25AM
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SlenderHope

Finally got Saltcedar's picture to open. YES. That's what I've got. I knew it wasn't ragweed!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 6:12PM
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ghostlyvision

I had some cosmos like that, yellow flowers in the fall (I'm in TX) and the seeds come up next spring. The stalks aren't all that strong, a good wind pushed some right over but they make a really nice focal point in a bed with a few growing together. When everything else has lost their blooms, there are the giant cosmos, all bright green and yellow.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 9:07PM
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SlenderHope

I just wanted to follow up. I was sure this stuff wasn't ragweed, and I'm so glad I didn't rip it out. It has finally begun to bloom and it is a giant cosmos! I got my husband to stand next to these. He's 6' tall.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 8:59AM
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SlenderHope

Here's another pic. These flowers are bigger than ordinary cosmos, too.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 9:01AM
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linaria_gw

Congrats, so is it a giant Cosmos sulphurea? Most amazing,

Mine are always much shorter.

Bye, Lin

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 9:23AM
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esh_ga

Cool, thanks for the update!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 10:15AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Now let's all discuss what kind the husband might be. I will start by pointing out the somewhat uncommitted facial expression and crossed arms, perhaps those are diagnostic.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:32PM
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ghostlyvision

Lovely blooms!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:49PM
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SlenderHope

Hey bboy...believe me, he didn't want a photo of him hanging out with flowers! :) Seriously, though, he didn't mind. But I agree...the body language is pretty funny.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:57PM
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jaynine

That's the tallest Cosmos sulphureus I've ever seen! I do hope you'll consider collecting and trading seeds from that beast.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 7:55PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The beast in this instance being the plant and not the husband.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 10:08PM
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jaynine

Indeed!

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 2:04PM
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SlenderHope

I'll tell him you allowed as how he wasn't a beast, bboy!

I do plan to harvest the seeds, for sure. I'm hoping that a lot of them fall into the same bed as I'd love to have them recurring next year. They bloom late for me, apparently, when nothing much else is going on.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 4:34PM
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