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May 26, 2020 6:11 PM CST
North East USA
Okay you plant pros... let's see how you do with this one. Whistling

These are individual little plants. Each one is around 6 inches high, single stalk, shaped like a bottle brush (sort of).

Question 2 is... is this kind of plant classified as a "shrub."

Thanks!
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May 26, 2020 6:36 PM CST
Name: Mike
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Can you take some close up photos of the flowers AND foliage ?
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May 26, 2020 6:43 PM CST
North East USA
Calsurf73 said:Can you take some close up photos of the flowers AND foliage ?


Unfortunately probably not. I think they have pretty much shot their shot for the year and wilted. Took those a week or so ago.

These plants have no leaves. It's just a stalk maybe 6 inches high with these little flowers on them. So this picture shows dozens of these individual stalks. I always assume it is some kind of "weed" since it seems to grow on its own unplanted, but I am not sure what the definition of a weed is.... to me its just something that isn't nice looking enough to be spared.

This is definitely not a weed by that definition. These things ROCK!
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May 26, 2020 6:56 PM CST
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Those are flower stalks of ajuga reptans - a low growing perennial ground cover that thrives in partial shade. Plenty of leaves are shown beneath the grass blades and also along the stalks beneath the florets.

Definitely not a shrub.


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May 26, 2020 8:28 PM CST
North East USA
pitimpinai said:Those are flower stalks of ajuga reptans - a low growing perennial ground cover that thrives in partial shade. Plenty of leaves are shown beneath the grass blades and also along the stalks beneath the florets.

Definitely not a shrub.


Thank you, yes that's definitely it!

I misremembered and thought they had no leaves, so thanks for pointing that out.

I know almost nothing about plants so was under the misconception that all of them are classified as either trees, shrubs or vines. This is none of those right?
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May 26, 2020 9:34 PM CST
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