Plant ID forum: Help Identifying, Please

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Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Oct 27, 2016 6:50 AM CST
Found in prairie area in north eastern Illinois, Chicago area
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Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Oct 27, 2016 7:41 AM CST
Was it sticky? looks a bit like cleavers , but some how not quite.
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NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
Oct 27, 2016 7:41 AM CST
A Galium of some kind, perhaps.
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Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Oct 27, 2016 8:29 AM CST
My first reaction was Galium as well but the leaves are maybe too narrow and kind of sparse.
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Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Oct 27, 2016 11:35 AM CST
I thought Galium as well, but wasn't sure. There are very fine hairs along the stem.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Oct 27, 2016 12:44 PM CST
We do have wild Galium here as well as some sweet woodruff that I intentionally planted (did not turn out well) but even the wild stuff is different than the pics.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 27, 2016 3:02 PM CST
It does resemble Galium, two for comparison:

Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)


Cleavers (Galium aparine)
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Leftwood
Oct 27, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Really not much to go by in the photo, how tall? this late in the year, no evidence of flowering? I've never seen any galium species that only had opposite leaves without any whorls, as in the photo.

It looks a lot more like Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), but I am not convinced of that either.
Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Oct 28, 2016 5:18 AM CST
You know, when you say Pycnathemum virginianum (Virginia Mountain Mint) I think that's what it must be. It didn't have a a flower, but it my just be a young offshoot or seedling.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 28, 2016 8:13 AM CST
Good eye @Leftwood!

Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
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Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Oct 28, 2016 9:03 AM CST
Ah - an IL wildflower.
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