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What is this Native of the Midwest?

Posted by Zaqa 10b (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 14:48

Currently in the Midwest for a couple of months. I have been finding plants that I am not accustomed to and would like to learn the ID for. With that being said, this is one of them growing in the garden. Central Indiana, Zone 6a.


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RE: What is this Native of the Midwest?

Compare with Verbena bonariensis or V brasiliensis. There's not enough detail in the picture to tell. Neither native in N America. The big leaf behind is Ricinus communis. We can't see the leaves of the Verbena except two small ones at the top of the plant.


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RE: What is this Native of the Midwest?

  • Posted by Zaqa 10b (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 16:28

Okay. I will take another shotof the leaves and post tomorrow for you to review. Thank you for hte leads though. There are hoary vervain here, but I do not know this specioes. It is def a Verbena of some sort though.


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RE: What is this Native of the Midwest?

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 16:30

I agree with floral_uk, that's V bonariensis


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RE: What is this Native of the Midwest?

  • Posted by Zaqa 10b (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 17:15

The backdrop plant is Ricinus communis/zanzibarensis.


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RE: What is this Native of the Midwest?

  • Posted by Zaqa 10b (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 17:25

Thanks for the ID. The leaves that are more mature resemble the small leaves farther dow nthe stem, but they are a mere cm or two wider and a few inches longer. Slightly serrated.


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