Plant ID forum: Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis)

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Name: Rob
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plantrob
Jul 18, 2015 7:31 AM CST
I've had this weed (well, not this particular specimen, but you know what I mean) in my garden for forever, and have never bothered to find out just what it is. Grows tall and lush, quite pretty really. I don't recall seeing flowers, but it must flower for it to reseed...



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Catmint20906
Jul 18, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Agree it is very pretty! Sorry I don't know what it is.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 18, 2015 9:19 AM CST
I'm going to guess Chamberbitter, aWeed in these here parts.
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Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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plantrob
Jul 18, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Looks like a reasonable suggestion, but from Chamber Bitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) I gather chamberbitter is only supposed to get 14-18" tall. My weed is at least three feet tall, so I suspect it's something different.
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Horntoad
Jul 18, 2015 10:47 AM CST
Possibly Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis)
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 18, 2015 11:04 AM CST

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It does look like Illinois bundleflower. If so, it will produce blooms, but they aren't particularly noticeable (little white pom poms). The mature seedpods are hard to miss, though.
Name: Rob
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plantrob
Jul 18, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Hmm, in that case it would not be a weed, but an on-purpose plant. I did grow some of those last year, but thought they hadn't survived. I think you're right, that's probably it.
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