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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Found this thriving in my flower bed today. I didn't plant it. What is it?
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bamira
Jul 2, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Desmodium
maybe Desmodium tweedyi
https://www.google.cz/search?q=Desmodium+tweedyi&biw=1252&bi...
or another
https://www.google.cz/search?q=Desmodium&biw=1366&bih=643&so...

http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=36046
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Thank you@Bamira! I am tempted to let it grow to see what happens.
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bamira
Jul 2, 2015 6:40 PM CST
You can dispose of at any time, but It's hard to grow again nodding
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 2, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Definitely Desmodium. Is it a low-growing, trailing plant? It reminds me of Creeping Tick Trefoil (Desmodium triflorum) that grows here. I have another tall growing Desmodium that I noticed a few days ago behind my deck; I need to get out tomorrow and take pictures and try to ID it.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Is it a weed? Wild flower? Or something gifted to me by the birds?
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 2, 2015 6:54 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Is it a weed? Wild flower? Or something gifted to me by the birds?



Weed or Wildflowers is a matter of opinion. It could have been a gift from a birds or other animal. Desmondium clings to animals fur and drop in the new location so it could have been dropped by just about any animal.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 3, 2015 5:53 AM CST
Desmodium is a fabaceae, helps build soil, provides flowers for the butterflies, and seed for quail.

Definitely a keeper at my house.

There is a minor issue with those loments clinging to your clothes if you brush against it...

So... Give the mature seeds a bit of space...
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 3, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Interesting plant! It is tangled among the Trailing Daisy and below and Angel's Trumpet Tree, dead center. I wouldn't have planted it there if I wanted it. Maybe I could transplant it??
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 4, 2015 8:21 AM CST
They are also a host plant for at least one of the skipper butterflies.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2015 10:34 AM CST
I think this plant needs more than it gets where it decided to grow. I am going to plant it in my part of the forest. I think it will be quieter for the butterflies back there to enjoy. I often see butterflies in the forest but not so much in my yard.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 6, 2015 6:09 AM CST
flaflwrgrl said:They are also a host plant for at least one of the skipper butterflies.


Yup..l this one.
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Long tailed skipper...

Here's the caterpillar on a bean plant...
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Although, it's usually hidden under a leaf flap....
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 9, 2015 1:03 PM CST
This may be blooming now.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 9, 2015 9:04 PM CST
@Purpleinopp, are you talking about the desmodium blooming? I'll look tomorrow. I know it hasn't grown very fast. I haven't had time to move it to a sunnier location.
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purpleinopp
Sep 10, 2015 6:26 AM CST
Yes, I thought it might. I had a mystery plant I left alone & within the past 2 weeks, it jumped up to over 6 ft. tall & is covered in blooms. Can't nail down the species (yet) but it's some kind of Desmodium. So I thought yours might be blooming too, although IDK much about Desmodiums. Anxious to learn though!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 10, 2015 2:27 PM CST
Well mine is hardly 6 ft tall. I propped it up in the Bird Nest Fern for a better picture. It's about15". But maybe there will be flowers? I still think it still needs to be moved.

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purpleinopp
Sep 10, 2015 3:22 PM CST
That does look like buds. If so, I'd say it's happy where it is. Looks like leaves I found in dense shade earlier this year. ID'd as likely Desmodium also, but I've been unable to re-locate the plant to follow-up on trying to nail down the species. Sorry, didn't mean to imply the thought that because it may be a Desmodium that it could or should be 6 ft. tall, just that maybe if 1 kind is blooming now, others might be too.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 10, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Oh, that's OK@purpleinop. Mine is a volunteer. And from what everyone tells me, it is a valuable plant. I need to learn about it before I move it. But where it's at is not so good especially if it grows to 6 ft tall!! It is sprawling on the ground as it is. I will leave it for the winter until I find a new place for it.
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purpleinopp
Sep 11, 2015 5:20 AM CST
Since your mystery plant has striped leaves, it's for sure not the same species as the 6-ft. tall one I mentioned, which is also a volunteer. But could yours reach 6 ft. tall? No idea. Doubtful the striped-leaf volunteer plant I found earlier this year has reached 6 ft. tall because if it had, I wouldn't be having a hard time locating it again. Could it be from being in mostly shade, or that it's just not a tall species? IDK. If someone is able to recognize the species of yours, you can know what its' potential is.
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