Plant ID forum: I thought this was milkweed, but...

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Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
Jul 27, 2017 10:09 PM CST
When this was first coming up, it looked near identical to common milkweed, so I let it stay for the butterflies. But now that it's starting to flower, I'm not sure what it is. It's certainly no type of milkweed that I've ever seen. The plants are now about 3' tall, Chicago area.

There seems to never be an end to the weird weeds I'm finding here. Hilarious!

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Jul 27, 2017 10:51 PM CST


Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia marginata)
Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
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Jul 27, 2017 11:06 PM CST
I agree
He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
Jul 28, 2017 5:14 AM CST
Thanks much for the help with the ID. It's disappointing to me since I didn't bother planting any milkweed back there thinking I already had some. I'll let it stay for now since the white edged leaves are unique looking, but I'll pull it before it goes to seed. The only thing that will save it for next year would be if I notice birds or butterflies on it at all.

Thanks again.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jul 28, 2017 1:55 PM CST
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