Plant ID forum: unknown perennial. Might be a 'weed' in some areas of the country?

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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Jun 23, 2013 1:49 PM CST
2 years ago, I ordered a packet of Amaranthus 'Flamingo Feather' from Baker Creek Seeds. None of the seeds grew the flamingo feather. The packet was heavily contaminated with other seeds, including this one. ?Perhaps a wildflower or 'weed' in Missouri (the location of Baker Creek seed company)? I like it, so I have kept it----even though I had to pluck well over a hundred of self sown plants this year in this bed. And the hummingbirds (as seen in the first pic which I took just this morning) also love it! What is this lovely, albeit prolific self sowing, plant?

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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Jun 23, 2013 1:52 PM CST
It most looks like something in the Veronica genus to me....?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 23, 2013 2:06 PM CST
Whatever it is, I've had it show up in my beds also. I've always blamed it on penstemons, which don't grow well for me for some reason, and this plant is usually what I get in the general neighborhood the next season.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 23, 2013 2:08 PM CST
It looks like Linaria, there are pink flowers apart from the purple Linaria purpurea. Check the company you got the seed from to see if they sell it.

Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 23, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Canon J. Went is pink ..

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Linaria+purpurea&um=1&ie=UT...

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/linaria-purpurea-canon-j-we...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2013 2:13 PM CST
I'm not good at comparing photo's but it looks more like Linaria to me too. Here are links to photo's of both in the database,

Linaria: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Linaria&offset=0

Veronica: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Veronica
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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Jun 23, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Thank you, thank you! Definitely Linaria purpurea. (Fun common name of Purple Toadflax). Could be 'Canon J. Went'. Fascinating.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 23, 2013 2:18 PM CST
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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Jun 23, 2013 2:19 PM CST
Baker Creek does not sell Linaria seeds.

So.....where did it come from. I recall starting this indoors in either my greenhouse or inside the house in a sterile seed starting mix (I usually use Black Gold brand). I did not direct sow into the bed, so it did not come to the bed locally. I then transplanted into a 3 and 1/2 inch pot, and nursed it along. I considered disposing of it, b/c it was obviously not the amaranth. But I liked the foliage so I kept it.

so the seed came either from......the store bought seed starting mix or from Baker Creek. Perhaps they grow this in their gardens? It's interesting. I plan to keep it. i love it.

THANK YOU AGAIN!!! Awesome.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 23, 2013 2:32 PM CST
I have Linaria purpurea, there was a couple of pink plants amongst them but I'm not sure it's grown this year. I was given a free perennial seed mix with an order, not much grew so I tipped the tray of home made compost out on the garden. A couple of years or so later some germinated, now I have them in lots of places and they are loved by bees. The old plant dies back, making new plants on runners but they also set seed around. They don't smother anything and make a nice filler.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Janet: You are so good! It does look a lot like L. purpurea 'Canon J. Went': Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea 'Canon J. Went')
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 23, 2013 3:47 PM CST
It seems to be the popular pink variety about Lin! nodding
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2013 5:36 PM CST
And, oh so pretty!
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Jun 26, 2013 1:18 AM CST
It is pretty, but I have to say I am still trying to get rid of it two years after I thought all plants were killed.
To me, it's got a nasty habit of procreating just about anywhere!
With a small "botanical garden" that I've got, trying to fill in more plants, such heavy seeders are not really desired.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jun 26, 2013 5:01 AM CST
Have no idea what it is, but I love that hummingbird in the first picture. That alone would make it worth keeping for me as long as I could easily pull up what I don't want.
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jun 26, 2013 7:52 AM CST
I love the plant! Everything is pretty on it, its fairy flowers and beautiful foliage too, my bees are very fond of it too, I couldn't miss it and late it self-set where it likes. It is a nice weaving plant among others. Smiling
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 26, 2013 8:19 AM CST
This linaria will seed extensively, but cutting the flower heads before they produce too much seed is usually adequate.

I always let a few seedlings grow every year. They are great fillers in the garden.

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