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Looks familiar but I cannot place it

Posted by auntlavender Chicago/Zone5 (My Page) on
Sat, May 24, 14 at 18:20

It's growing in a patch.


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RE: Looks familiar but I cannot place it

burdock?


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Uh oh--those are giant--and trouble if I remember correctly.


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Doesn't look like burdock to me.


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It's burdock. They start all innocent-looking before becoming absolute thugs. I am battling them in my garden beds currently. If you don't get 'em while they're young, their taproot goes clear down to China. :(


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Could we have a picture from further back and with something to show scale? I'm not totally convinced by Burdock since we can't see any stems, the true size or the habit.


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I thought it wasn't burdock either, but then went outside to check stuff on our property that I know is burdock, and I'm pretty sure now that it is. Young leaves look exactly like that.


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Here's the shot from further back.


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Brunnera?


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The mystery plant is the light green leaf on the left. The dark geeen on the right is forget-me-not--I planted some from a friends yard last year (about 10 feet away from this patch). Since forget-me-nots are biennial, i thought the difference in color could be because the darker is two seasons old and flowering. I was wondering if it might be those, and not burdock afterall. Someone on this thread suggested brunnera, which is very close to forget-me-not.


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  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Sun, May 25, 14 at 18:58

Auntlavendar - the photo on the left (darker green) looks very much like brunnera. Definitely not forget-me-not (myosotis.)


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That didn't occur to me until now--I know the brunnera, myosotosis, and cynoglossum all have very similar flowers, but I just peered at the flowers and noticed the little yellow eye is missing--it's more white. My friend told me his plants are forget-me-nots, I just assumed he knew.

The irony is that I sowed package after package of both myosotis and cynoglossum when I moved here with not even a single sprout taking. I so want the new patch to be brunnera and not burdock--but it just occurred to me that there are NONE of these "new" seedlings where the mature plant is. So it is likely burdock (though there has been none around in awhile).


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