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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 18, 2014 5:11 PM CST
Found this coming up today. No tag or even a plain marker. I'm pretty good about remembering stuff I put in even if I don't mark it. But this one has me totally stumped!! Now last late summer/early fall I did put a lot of plants in I had gathered from various places so I guess that is why this one is completely a blank for me. I should say ahead of time I appreciate any help, BUT I won't be able to verify possible identities until it gets bigger probably. Unless someone's guess jogs my mind.

The leaves are quite thin and soft. The very center new leaves are light green.

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 18, 2014 5:21 PM CST
I do have Phlox Laura nearby. It kind of reminds me of that but Laura only has the red on the edge of the leaves and they are a bit more spear shaped. I suppose it could be some kind of mutant phlox
Name: Corey
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Ispahan
Apr 22, 2014 11:34 AM CST
Could it be Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)? The foliage can sometimes be deeply colored like this when it first emerges.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 22, 2014 12:21 PM CST
Funny you should mention that. My neighbor's wife passed away some years ago and had magnificent gardens. I have been allowed to go over there and take whatever I want. Last summer I took quite a few plants. They all came with other stuff that was either in bulb form or dormant things. You see everything there has just grown together in one big mess. Well, I was over there just this past weekend and was delighted so see Virginia Bluebells all over. So it could possibly be that. In addition I saw plants coming up that look just like this picture. So whatever it is I think it is a safe bet that is came from those gardens!
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 22, 2014 12:38 PM CST
I don't see hairs on Mertensia virginica leaves ..

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 22, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Oooh this is getting exciting! I'm so excited to see what it turns out to be! I hope it is something I want Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Apr 23, 2014 6:57 AM CST
My Husker Red penstemons look a lot like that when the first come up. Confused
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 23, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Hmmm, I haven't had Husker Red in five years. But thanks for the reminder! I need to get that one again
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 24, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Well, the wait will be longer. Whatever it is the rabbits give it a thumbs up

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 24, 2014 7:29 PM CST
LOL. They pruned it for you. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 24, 2014 7:39 PM CST
The peach fuzz on the new leaves goes away as they mature.

It is driving me crazy not knowing what the heck this is!
Name: Lori
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growitall
Apr 24, 2014 8:07 PM CST
Sure looks vaguely familiar, as so many emerging plant mysteries do.
Do you happen to be growing any dark-leaved Lychnis?
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 26, 2014 3:56 PM CST
I think it is a type of Euphorbia. I vaguely remember taking some purple Euphorbia from the neighbor.
Name: Lori
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growitall
Apr 26, 2014 4:14 PM CST
There would likely be beads of white sap on the pruned stems if it's Euphorbia.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 8, 2014 10:15 AM CST
It is coming along. I am still stumped!

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Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
May 8, 2014 12:59 PM CST
If the edges were just a little more jagged, I would say Salvia lyrata 'Purple Volcano'.

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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
May 8, 2014 6:41 PM CST
I think I saw a bud?
Susan

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 8, 2014 6:46 PM CST
Optical illusion. Just new leaves coming out. Curled tight
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 19, 2014 6:47 PM CST
It is slowly coming along. My neighbor and nursery partner has one too! So we bought them together. Crazy neither of us have tags.

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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
May 19, 2014 7:46 PM CST
Whistling LOL.
Susan

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