Plant ID forum: mystery flowering plant seems out of place where found

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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
May 17, 2016 6:15 AM CST
This plant was found in a water catchment near a large cattail grouping that is damp to wet all year round , standing water whenever it rains ... zone is 5a . The leaves and stems have a waxy feel to them and leaves turn a darker w/ bluish red edges just before or at flowering time { maybe due to wet silty soil with clay underneath ? maybe a nutrient or ph issue } ... stems become woody as it matures ... root structure/shape/base seems to be shallow and spread out , mostly woody instead of a corm or bulb . I didn't take a pic of last summers flowers ... my bad . The flowers are purplish and very tiny and show in late summer . Total height of the biggest mature plant was about 4 ft . It looks out of place where it was found , maybe a cultivated species that escaped . Initially i thought it was a Liatris phenotype by the flowers look { small and delicate } ... but the leaf shape and feel seems to rule that out .
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Name: Donald
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needrain
May 17, 2016 6:26 AM CST
Could it be Cephalanthus occidentalis commonly called Button Bush or Buttonbush? You might google that to see an image of the blooms and see if they might be similar.
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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
May 17, 2016 7:06 AM CST
No , the flower type is much different . I have uploaded some pics of the top 18 inches of the flower spikes that I kept from last year . The habit is quite tall and thin ... Stems initially fleshy and green but harden and darken as they get woody ... even up into the flowering tips . The 2nd year growth { about 12 inches already } in the first 2 pics will end up being 4ft maybe even 5ft ... I forgot I sunk in the wet swampy muck to my ankles to get at these specimens !
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
May 17, 2016 7:13 AM CST
Maybe a lobelia http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/LOBS.html?utm_source=Froo...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 17, 2016 7:16 AM CST
The way it grows looks like Purple Loosestrife - Lysimachia salicaria which grows in bogs and water. The leaves look a bit more fuzzy than mine but there's cultivars.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=purple+loosestrife&biw=144...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=purple+loosestrife&biw=144...

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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
May 17, 2016 7:38 AM CST
YES thats it !!! found this site from google images ... is exactly the conditions I found first specimen in ... http://www.utahweed.org/weed_plcss.html " Purple loosestrife is a European plant probably introduced to the United States as an ornamental" So that pretty much nails it ... confirms my suspicion its not from around here , definitely an ornamental ... woody root structure and seeds extremely small & black . Coordinates of finding is 42°21'40.7"N 88°49'31.3"W ... was not expecting it to be classified a european invasive escapee tho { but then I have Onopordum Acanthium - Scottish Thistle to counter the massive infestation of Bull Thistles in my area } ... but its definitly Lythrum salicaria ... a Purple Loosestrife cultivar . Many Thanks JRsbugs !!!
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 17, 2016 9:25 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

I like it, only have to pull a few plants up here and there, bees and butterflies love it!

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