Plant ID forum: Weirdo volunteer ID

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Name: Julie
Seattle (Zone 8a)
Birds Bee Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
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Joolie
Jul 10, 2017 11:15 PM CST
He started off like this and I was convinced he was a foxglove:
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But he recently started blooming and is definitely not a foxglove.
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It looks almost like a forget me not flower, but the plant's leaves are GIGANTIC. The first photo was when it was really young. Now there's so much stuff grown up around it (since it's a volunteer, it didn't get official space in my garden of course) it's nearly impossible to take a photo of the huge leaves. They're as big as my head, and kind of fuzzy. The stalks growing up are pretty thick too. It's kind of a shock the flowers are so tiny!

I've been looking all over the internet to figure him out and just can't. I definitely didn't plant him myself but he doesn't look like a species native to my area.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jul 11, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Its Brunnera macrophylla
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Name: Julie
Seattle (Zone 8a)
Birds Bee Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
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Joolie
Jul 11, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Oh, super close, thank you! That's not quite it (mine has thicker stems, bigger leaves and the petals have less space between them), but you've given me a whole new direction to look in, as I found omphalodes that may be close, but it's definitely some kind of boraginoideae. I think I'm at least satisfied to have narrowed it down that much, though I'll still be browsing the flowers of that family for a while. My husband thought it was borage at first, and it sounds like he was closer than he knew! I still have no idea where it came from. There must be a neighbor with it somewhere.

Thank you again, I'm glad to have a direction to run in with this. Hurray!
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Name: Julie
Seattle (Zone 8a)
Birds Bee Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
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Joolie
Jul 11, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Oh, SHOOT, I think it may actually be pentaglottis sempervirens, which is considered a noxious weed in my state. Guess I'll have to try to keep it from going to seed. Bleah! But it matches with the leaf size (15") and thick stems.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jul 11, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Glad I could help. Sort of help... Whistling

I'm really happy that you took a pro-active approach and did some research. I don't mind being wrong as long as we get the ID right. Good Job! Thumbs up
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Name: Julie
Seattle (Zone 8a)
Birds Bee Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
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Joolie
Jul 12, 2017 9:57 AM CST
Haha, it was a big help. Until yesterday I was searching for similar images and looking through plant lists that weren't at all narrowed down. I even tried that [email protected] app to photographically identify it, but no luck there. So, having a family name is huge! It's definitely a close relative of the plant you suggested, even called an "evergreen bugloss". Smiling

This summer the theme of my garden has been "I have no idea what's going on here" so I've been identifying mystery plants left and right all month. Rolling my eyes. A lot of stuff I'd planted the fall before last that I thought was dead popped back and mystified me since some of it never even bloomed the first time (looking at YOU, white penstemon!). I also have plants I bought THIS spring and then lost the tags, lol! Whistling So, so much plant identifying, haha. I think there is only one left, though, and then I've sorted everyone out!

Thank you again!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 12, 2017 11:10 PM CST
I keep all my plant tags in a plastic paint bucket in the shed and then spend a lot of time looking through the bucket trying to remember what I planted. The first year I lived here, I dutifully planted all the tags by the plants. During the winter, the frozen ground popped the tags right out and then the wind blew them all away. I gathered up tags everywhere (even the neighbors' yards). Now, they are in the shed.

I have Brunnera macrophylla and your's really looked like mine. But you are there looking at the plant and I am here looking at a photo of the plant. Smiling

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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Name: Julie
Seattle (Zone 8a)
Birds Bee Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Hummingbirder Region: Pacific Northwest
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Joolie
Jul 13, 2017 1:11 AM CST
Oh no, that's a hilarious and sad story about your tags! Hilarious! I was keeping mine in an orange Home Depot five gallon bucket, which was a big mistake, as hubby and a friend who helps me in the yard thought it was trash and filled it up and then kindly emptied it out for me. D'Oh!

Next year I'm rinsing them off and taking them inside to hang out with my empty seed packets!
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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HemNorth
Jul 13, 2017 9:57 AM CST
I'm so glad you have a sense of humour, Julie. What a shock it must have been to discover that all your plant I.D.'s had vanished in one mistaken kind deed. D'Oh!

Good luck with starting a new and safe collection site for your labels. They do help, when you want to put a photo into the Database, and you can dig out the correct I.D. Smiling

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