Plant ID forum: This Was Supposed to be Doll's Eye

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Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Jun 25, 2016 10:58 AM CST
Can anyone help ID this plant? Bought it last summer. I'm pretty sure it's not what it was supposed to be: Actaea pachypoda(Doll's eye) The leaves are too big and wrong shape for bugbane (Actaea racemosa), which I already have. the raceme doesn't match what doll's eye should look like. I'm stumped! Live in Mid-Atlantic region. Zone 6a. Anybody?
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whereami
Jun 25, 2016 6:06 PM CST
A really wild guess but how about False Goat's beard (Astilbe biternata) or goat's beard (Aruncus sp)? As you said definitely not black cohosh or Doll's Eyes.

http://www.mtcubacenter.org/plant-finder/details/astilbe-bit...
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 27, 2016 2:03 PM CST
It is definitely not goat's beard...the leaves are not right. How large are the leaves? Hairy or not? What is the stem shape and color? How tall is it?
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lauribob
Jun 28, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Does the flower go with the big leaves (which resemble darmera peltata to me) or with the other smaller leaves in the lower right side of the photo?
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Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Jun 28, 2016 12:04 PM CST
Thanks everyone for the input, here's a few more pics and descriptions that may help:
The largest adult leaves are big! Between 10-11" from tip to end. The third pic shows new leaves. The leaves are a bit hairy and scratchy and the stem is round. The raceme is white and about 12" high. Stumped.

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