Perennials forum: What is This?

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dormantsrule
Sep 11, 2013 7:53 AM CST
This foliage appeared in the perennial bed and no clue what it is. Just measured at 30"



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Bonehead
Sep 11, 2013 8:03 AM CST
A lost piece of corn?
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jvdubb
Sep 11, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Looks like corn to me
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dormantsrule
Sep 11, 2013 8:07 AM CST
Holy cow - I can't begin to guess how corn would end up here. I was hoping it was some kind of exotic perennial. lol
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chelle
Sep 11, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Yep, it's corn. Squirrels plant corn in my container plants every spring.

And as for it being exotic...well, it is in your gardens, right? Big Grin

I have some growing in one of my flowerbeds, too. It's supposed to be an ornamental variety, but as of yet it just looks a bit smaller than most.

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terrafirma
Sep 11, 2013 11:27 AM CST
I thought it looked more like a Sorghum, or Millet. Well, I guess corn is a Sorghum… *Blush* Still, it could be Millet. A bird feeder nearby?
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chelle
Sep 11, 2013 11:37 AM CST
Millet's quite a bit different, I think.
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terrafirma
Sep 11, 2013 11:50 AM CST
My mistake… Whistling I was thinking of Ornamental Millet…Pennisetum glaucum.
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dormantsrule
Sep 11, 2013 1:21 PM CST
I'm a bit embarrassed that I've been patiently waiting for 2 mos to see what surprise flower would bloom on my mystery foliage. The good news is I just removed it which gives me the one and only free spot left in the garden.
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jvdubb
Sep 11, 2013 1:32 PM CST
One time I had a mystery plant come up in a flower bed. I thought my mom had planted something there since she came that year to help me plant my new beds. This thing grew and grew. I couldn't wait to see what it was. I posted pics on DG for help IDing it. Lo and behold it was knapweed! Thank heavens I got it ID'd before it bloomed! I promptly pulled it out. Hilarious!
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virginiarose
Sep 12, 2013 11:38 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

A seed dropped by a bird no doubt, I let one grow one year and did get to see an ear of corn, also had fun watching more birds munching on that corn. They loved it and I swore that I would plant another one. I have not so far, I still want to!

Jennifer that is way too funny. LOL.
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Tepelus
Sep 17, 2013 2:16 PM CST
I have something like that growing in my yard, planted by the birds no doubt. At first I thought it was corn, but it looked different somehow. Then it started branching and I knew for sure it wasn't ear corn then because ear corn doesn't branch. I figured out that it is broom corn, some type of sorghum, especially now that it has gone to flower.
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gingin
Sep 21, 2013 2:39 PM CST
I used to put out raw dried peanuts for the birds and squirrels. Could not figure out what was comming up ALL over until I pulled a few....peanuts happily growing where the squirrels had "planted" them Rolling on the floor laughing
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virginiarose
Sep 21, 2013 4:47 PM CST
My mother use to have baby pecan trees growing all over the yard and in the flower beds. Whistling
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gingin
Sep 21, 2013 5:30 PM CST
Now that would work for me...I love pecans...walnuts not so much, too "bitter"
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virginiarose
Sep 22, 2013 1:49 AM CST
The squirrel kept forgetting where he buried them, and they would sprout. He needs those post-it-notes.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 22, 2013 7:35 AM CST
Must have relatives of that squirrel here. Not a pecan tree within a five house radius, but I have a dozen or more seedlings popping up every year because of forgotten pecans.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Sep 22, 2013 5:36 PM CST
He must like your dirt if it is traveling that far! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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