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SparklesGarden
May 2, 2020 6:58 PM CST
Hi - This tall plant is popping up all over a largely shady and unattended area in my back yard. I don't recall seeing it before. They emerged recently and many are now more than a foot tall. The bottom of the stalks have a reddish color. Here are two views. Does anyone know what it is? I'm trying to decide if I need to pull it. Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 9:16 PM CST
Have you ever had milkweeds? They look like my Showy Milkweeds.
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SparklesGarden
May 3, 2020 4:45 AM CST
Daisyl, No I've never planted milkweeds anywhere near there. That's part of what's perplexing me! If they are milkweeds, I am thrilled and will let them be. But could I really be so lucky that more than a dozen of them spontaneously sprung up in this area? It seems too good to be true!
Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 3, 2020 6:12 AM CST
I doubt any milkweed would happen that much and that fast. Any chance it was there, smaller, last year? I know most of my garden like the back of my hand, so if you feel sure it was not there before, like I would, then I beleive you.

It does have the opposite leaves and juicy stem look of milkweed.
I had dogbane (a milkweed cousin) arrive in my garden by accident.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 3, 2020 6:33 AM CST
The seeds of milkweed are very light. The wind can blow them pretty far.
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SparklesGarden
May 3, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Thanks for your help everyone. Even though it's in the back of my yard, where I don't often go, I would have noticed it last year. These plants are very striking. It's in an area where deer graze, so perhaps it's something that could be spread by droppings? The stem does look like dogbane, based on my quick online research, because there's a reddish tint.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 3, 2020 9:05 AM CST
If like my dogbane, it will have much smaller leaves than common milkweed, and a more wiry stem.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 3, 2020 11:34 AM CST
Ditto on common milkweed.
They have amazing stolons... it could have grown underground from some distance before surfacing in the back of your yard.

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SparklesGarden
May 3, 2020 11:52 AM CST
Wow, I'm trying to not get too excited because I would be THRILLED if they were milkweed! There are about four dozen emerging, often -- but not always -- in groupings of about three. (Sometimes just one or two.) I just took more photos to show you a close up of the stem, which has the reddish tint at the bottom, the leaves, and how they are sometimes close together. Are we still leaning towards milkweed?
Thank you everyone for your help!

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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 3, 2020 1:29 PM CST
I'm kind of leaning toward milkweed....
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 2:34 PM CST
Hopefully, this helps.
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SparklesGarden
May 3, 2020 2:50 PM CST
Thank you, Daisyl. Your photo is indeed helpful for comparison. Unfortunately the plants in my yard do not have hairy leaves like yours, and the leaves on mine begin further up the stem than yours. Sad
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 3:10 PM CST
There are a lot of different Milkweeds. That one, Showy Milkweed, is one of our two natives.

Here's the other, narrow leaf Milkweed:
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To try to identify a plant, look at the leaf venation and general leaf shape, stem, how the leaves are attached to the stem and leaf arrangement on the stem, and flowers (but you will have to wait on that one).

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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SparklesGarden
May 3, 2020 3:42 PM CST
Thank you, Daisyl! I will remain hopeful that it's a milkweed! I need to learn more about how to recognize plants with which I'm not familiar, especially before they bloom. I have some apps, but they haven't been very helpful.

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