Plant ID forum: Mystery Plant - probably annual

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Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Gardenwife
May 15, 2016 4:49 PM CST

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I'm in central Ohio. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of what was planted in this area last year, so I don't know what this is coming up. Right now they are about 10 inches high. The leaves are opposite and smooth. They are ovate in shape and both the stems and the leaves are somewhat fleshy, but not like succulents.



Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 15, 2016 5:09 PM CST
Sedum?
Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Gardenwife
May 15, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Hey, Pirl! No, not a sedum.

Silene armeria - catchfly?

http://www.aphotoflora.com/images/caryophyllaceae/silene_arm...

Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 15, 2016 5:14 PM CST
Hi!

I don't grow that one so can't help with an ID, sorry!
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
May 15, 2016 10:51 PM CST
Looks like Lychnis is a possibility. Lychnis chalcedonica? Or similar?
Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Gardenwife
May 15, 2016 11:15 PM CST
Hmm, the foliage resembles Lychnis chalcedonica; I've never grown it, though, so it would be odd for it to show up in such profusion.

Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 16, 2016 10:59 PM CST
Looks a lot like my soapwort.
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jvdubb
May 17, 2016 7:12 AM CST
It looks so darn familiar to me! I can't put my finger on it.

Could it be Jupiter's Beard, Centranthus ruber?
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 17, 2016 11:55 AM CST
Today in my garden
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Your plant
Looks like catchfly to me
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
May 17, 2016 5:16 PM CST

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The Lychnis genus no longer exists. Its species have been reclassified as species of Silene.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 17, 2016 5:30 PM CST
Instant extinction!
Porkpal
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HemNorth
May 20, 2016 1:22 PM CST
Silene armeria or Sweet William Catchfly is in the database. I've never heard the reference to Sweet William before. When it flowers, if you grasp the stem just below the flower base, you'll find a sticky bit. Thus the name Catchfly. My father got a free packet of flower seeds in the early 1950's. From then on we knew it as "Dad's Surprise Package Flower." It followed us in all of our moves, not that we ever intentionally took a plant with us. I finally identified it a few years ago. I find it to be biennial - it will seed and start it's plants in the fall, and continue coming up all spring.
They settle themselves in wherever they can. But they are easily removed, if not wanted.
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Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Gardenwife
May 22, 2016 11:57 AM CST
Hey, everyone! Sorry I didn't come back sooner, but I was traveling for work. You are correct that it is catchfly/silene. I think I grew it years ago, and maybe had one solitary plant come up in that bed last year with some other plants. That's all it would have taken. Smiling

We had water line repair work done, so it's possible that when the trench was dug and everything was upset, some seed managed to find its way over to that area. I don't know how long it remains viable.

Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
May 22, 2016 4:04 PM CST
Group hug Kimberly Group hug , nice to 'see' you here!

ursula (at DG)

Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Gardenwife
May 23, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Great to see you, too!

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