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Mystery plant

Posted by alarimer none (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 17, 14 at 10:00

Can anyone identify his plant?it has grown to be. Over five feet tall. When the leaves are rubbed it smells faintly of a lavender or floral scent. It is present smell. It is growing in our bed of Black-eyed Susan. When we first saw this house last summer at an open house, this end was only Black-eyed Susan.


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RE: Mystery plant

A close up of the leaves


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A wild aster?


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Could it be mugwort?


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Hm -- now that you mention that, esh_ga, I do see some divided leaves in the first photo in the center right and lower right.

Could we see the leaves lower on the main stem?

Does the smell suggest chrysanthemum?


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As it happened, I ran into some unmistakeable mugwort this afternoon, and esh_ga is correct: definitely mugwort in the photo!

alarimer, you need to know that it spreads -- extremely aggressively -- by roots (rarely by seeds). Roundup may or may not be somewhat effective (reports differ).

http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/weeds/Mugwort.aspx

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/weeds/msg092257013199.html?2

I've read in a couple of places that mugwort likes alkaline soils and dislikes acidic soils, so theoretically acidifying the soil might help -- but that's all I know.

Mine came in a load of dirt five years ago, and I doubt I'll ever be rid of it.


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I have some of that nasty stuff in our plantings as well.


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