Plant ID forum: Maybe some sort of Silene/Lychnis?

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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Jul 14, 2017 10:04 PM CST
Two of these showed up this spring in different parts of the yard. Any ideas? Thanks very much!





Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Jul 17, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Interesting plant!
I haven't found anything to confirm her ID, but it looks just like this one shown in the below link, listed as a Mimulus (Monkeyflower) species:
http://birdmom.net/Wildflowers...
Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Jul 18, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Thank you Susan! I think you're right on about the photo being a match. Glad to see another pic. The Mimulus ID is a puzzler for me, too. I took photos of the seed pods and will plan to post them tonight.

If I were smarter and could fill in more of the characteristics, it seems this would be a useful key: http://www.colby.edu/info.tech...
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Birds Echinacea Composter Foliage Fan Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Critters Allowed Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Dragonflies
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Muddy1
Jul 18, 2017 10:08 PM CST
Good; maybe photos of the seed pods and seeds will help nail down an ID!
Name: Kat
Texas (Zone 8b)
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Qitty
Jul 18, 2017 10:41 PM CST
I've been trying to figure out what kind of a flower that is for a few weeks now! I had one come out of a "wildflower mix" no idea what was inside since it wasn't a traditional seed packet.
As crazy as this sounds is it possibly a form of baby's breath?
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Birds Echinacea Composter Foliage Fan Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Critters Allowed Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Dragonflies
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Muddy1
Jul 19, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Hmm, interesting! The Gypsophila (Baby's Breath) images I pulled up online did include some plants with similar-looking flowers and flower buds, but the flowers had much longer stamens than this mystery flower. On the other hand, I see that there are many more Gypsophila species than I would have ever imagined, and I admit I don't know enough to rule it out.
Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
Salvias
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MrsBinWY
Jul 19, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Yes, the Gypsophila idea is intriguing. It seems these might fit somewhere in Caryophyllaceae. Here are pics of the seed heads. I clipped them for fear they might spread all over the yard before I found out if they were good/bad. The pods haven't opened yet. I'll try for pics of the seeds and opened pods if the mystery still persists.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 19, 2017 2:45 PM CST
The seed pods do remind me of Silene. Maybe Lychnis coronaria is a closer match.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Jul 20, 2017 8:16 AM CST
I agree with you Christine about the similarity of the seed pods to L. coronaria. It's what made me lean toward Lychnis/Silene. The leaves on this unidentified plant are smoother (maybe entirely smooth) and bright green.
Name: Kat
Texas (Zone 8b)
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Qitty
Jul 22, 2017 11:57 AM CST
The closest I've found is Silene antirrhina but while the seed pods are very similiar, they don't quite match up as well as I would hope.
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Birds Echinacea Composter Foliage Fan Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Critters Allowed Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Dragonflies
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Muddy1
Jul 22, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Maybe Vaccaria hispanica? Both the leaves and flowers look like good matches.
https://gobotany.newenglandwil...

http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speci...
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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
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MrsBinWY
Jul 22, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Wow Susan! I do believe you're right! Thank you!

Many thanks also to Kat. This site mentions the similarity between the two plants: https://uswildflowers.com/deta...
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Birds Echinacea Composter Foliage Fan Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Critters Allowed Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Dragonflies
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Muddy1
Jul 22, 2017 6:41 PM CST
You're welcome!

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