Plant ID forum: What are these strange "weeds" in my backyard?

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Richmond, VA
BrentK87
May 11, 2016 10:28 AM CST
I have a bunch of these two different types of weeds in my yard. I have no clue what they are! One is bushy, with very small white flower-type buds at the top. about 1 ft tall, and 1.5 foot wide in a lower "bushy" shape. The other grows in clumps of long, skinny, 1ft tall stems. HELP!
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 11, 2016 11:09 AM CST
I think the first is wild cranesbill (wild geranium) and the second may be one called Clasping Venus's Looking Glass, Triodanus perfiolata. It's a pretty little wildflower, and the cranesbill, while it will fill lots of space, is easily thinned and pulled if you have too much of it. Nothing to worry about.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TRPE4

and

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=GEMA

I think this is the one we have, Geranium carolinian: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=GECA5

(I'm also in Richmond. Smiling )

See pics at the links for comparison. What do you think?
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porkpal
May 11, 2016 12:10 PM CST
I am also in Richmond - except in Texas - but I agree with the id.
Porkpal
Richmond, VA
BrentK87
May 12, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Thank you so much for your help!! I believe you are spot on! Are you as tired of the clouds and rain in Richmond as I am?! Sheesh!
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greene
May 12, 2016 10:09 AM CST
Thank You! BrentK87

I am so happy that you asked for the ID for you two plants because I also have your second (Clasping Venus's Looking Glass) plant in my yard and always wondered what it was. Thumbs up
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
May 12, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Brent, yes, and the flowering plants sure would like a stretch of sunshine about now! Everything is s l o w on the bloom cycle. I hope they are all building good strong roots!

I read we are to expect unusually rainy weather through early June. Sticking tongue out

Those plants you pictured look quite healthy; bet you've got some good soil. (And, you're welcome.:) )

Greene, I love that little flower. I have protected it here from being weedwhacked by the yard guys and so encouraged it to spread a bit. It is just starting to bud out. I labored to ID it last year and saved the info (not in my brain, mind you. Green Grin! )

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