Plant ID forum: Nepeta seedlings?

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 20, 2012 4:53 AM CST
I bought a little Nepeta Walker's Low last year. It's getting huge! It's supposed to be sterile, but has a lot of seedlings coming up around it that look an awful lot like the nepeta, except they're a different color.
You can see the seedlings to it's left. What are they?
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 20, 2012 9:47 AM CST
In all fairness, I should mention that another strong posssibility is purple deadnettle. But I compared a blooming one to these seedlings, and it's color isn't quite right, either. Smiling Leaf shape is closer, but the color is off for that, too.

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Apr 20, 2012 7:56 PM CST

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How about catnip (Nepeta cataria)? Don't know if it is a common garden weed where you live, but it is here. It would look very similar to Walker's Low, until it blooms anyway.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Apr 20, 2012 8:54 PM CST
I get a lot of seedlings from nepeta and they have a narrower leaf and are more upright.
Sorry I cant find a photo right now Sad
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Apr 21, 2012 4:55 AM CST
Thanks. I'm thinking I'm going to let one seedling grow to see what it turns out to be, and cull out the others. I have a feeling it's purple deadnettle (henbit) a common weed.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 29, 2012 10:13 AM CST
To update, Judging by scent alone, I think some of these seedlings are definitely nepeta. Now that they're bigger and I can rub leaves enough to pick up scent, some definitely seem to be volunteers from the Walker's Low. The scent on the nepeta is pretty distinctive, even to my crummy sense of smell.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 1, 2012 6:24 AM CST
I culled out all of those seedlings except one. I transplanted that one and here it is now. Obviously it's going to need more space. Smiling
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 1, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Looks way too happy in it's new space ''growing like a weed''
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