A few days ago I asked readers if they recognized some plants that I could not identify. They came through, but no one could identify these two plants. That was understandable because they are so crowded together. I dug and pulled the more velvety plant away from the lacy plant. I planted it and waiting to see what would happen. I still do not know what the lacy plant is.
The mystery plant, about 7 or 8 inches tall bloomed! But I still did not recognize it or know what it is.
Then I was working In the front garden where there were many blue forget-me-nots. One had white forget-me-not flowers as well. I had never seen white forget-me-nots. This mystery is now solved, but it is hard to avoid all mysteries in the garden.
What is this? The leaves are about 3 inches long and they are very handsome. They are spread over a large area in the back of the South Border. What will they become? Will I have to wit until they bloom? Mysteries never end. Any ideas?
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Rudbeckia, or Echinacea? that’s my guess!
Jeane – Thank you for your response. I don’t think it is rudbeckia, although different varieties can come in different forms. I do have one variety of rudbeckia, but it is only one and does not have as pretty foliage as this. Echinacea is possible and I would love to have a big swath of bee and butterfly flowers. Keep watching.
It does look a bit like Rudbeckia but I wonder if it’s mint or lemon balm, which are very aggressive perennial herbal weeds in my neck of the woods. They are both in the mint family. If you crush the leaves is there a minty or lemony scent? Also if you pull some out are there rhizomes and runners or just roots? That info may help others identify the plant. Mint and lemon balm spread by rhizomes and runners under the ground. They can be invasive but some people like them and give them room to grow.
I think the ferny leaved plant could be Pyrethrum Daisy. The other plant looks like a type of Campanula possibly C. punctata by the way it is spreading.