What kind of plant is it? - Knowledgebase Question

Topeka, KS
Question by ddleffler
July 9, 2008
We have two plants that we planted two years ago that we thought were annuals. However, each year the plants re-appear in the flower bed. They are small bush like plants (about 15

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2008


I can't tell from your description exactly what you might be growing. It would help to know the shape of the leaves and whether it is growing in sun or in shade. And, if it is producing pods, it is flowering and the pods are seed pods. It could be that the flowers are so tiny and insignificant that you're not noticing them.

Variegated Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum') is my first guess. This Japanese native has green leaves with white or cream colored edges. A single, long, arching stem emerges in the spring from a thick rhizome. The stem may be up to 3 feet long. In spring, plants produce greenish-white flowers which hang down in clusters from the leaf axils. Later, small berries the size of peas develop. The berries eventually turn blue-black. Solomon's seal prefers partial to heavy shade.

Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea) grows 12"-18". Has glossy, 3 inch, deeply lobed green to purple leaves; clusters of scarlet flowers on a stout 15" red stems in early-mid Spring.

If you can send another question to this forum with more detailed descriptions of the leaf shape and size, the exposure to sun or shade, whether it's a wet or a dry site, and color of the flowers, it would really help us to narrow down our search.

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