Mystery Plant

By Amy Redfield

Another for the growing mystery plant files! This attractive, upright grower has volunteered in a fellow native plant grower’s yard. Any clues would be welcome!

7 thoughts on “Mystery Plant

  1. It looks like Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) a wonderful butterfly nectar plant. You can look at the description on this webpage to verify: http://www.missouriplants.com/Blueopp/Eupatorium_fistulosum_page.html
    The webpage says: This species occurs naturally in only a few counties in Missouri. It is, however, widely cultivated and can be found nearly throughout the state. The brilliant purple stems and large inflorescences make it a desirable plant.

  2. Joe Pye weed. The website wouldn’t accept my response because it had too few words. This is the first time in my life I have ever been cited for saying too little. I spent my entire kindergarten career in the corner for talking. Things went on from there. College paper after college paper was returned with the notation “edit and reduce”. Too many words is usually my problem, not too few. I can fill pages and pages with verbiage, if necessary, but would only repeat “Joe Pye weed Joe Pye weed Joe Pye weed” until all the space is full.

    Ok. Now posting…

  3. I agree– Joe Pye Weed. I love it because it never ever flops. The seed heads usually look good through the winter.

  4. I am suggesting ox-eye sunflower.
    Once it starts blooming (yellow) it blooms all summer.
    KathyBildner

  5. The leaf’s arrangement (whirl around the stem) doesn’t fit but… it may be an immature plant. I don’t know what kind of weed this is though! I have seen them in my back yard. The one I saw has large rhyzome and quite aggressive.

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