Plant ID forum: This was given to us, but I have no idea what it is

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 4, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Clearly it's too big to keep there, but I am curious what it is.
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Sep 4, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Looks like it could be oleander. Can you get a closer picture of the flowers?
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ctcarol
Sep 4, 2017 7:59 PM CST
That was my first thought too, but those seem to be single stalks coming out of the soil. Oleander are multi stalk shrubs. Are these starts, or buried too deep?
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plantmanager
Sep 4, 2017 8:10 PM CST
I also first thought oleander, but it's not. Could it be some form of bamboo? I had one that grew like that.
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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 4, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Thank you everyone. It is not oleander, and the stalks are individual. I'm still waiting to see what bloom it gets because I'm pretty sure it blooms. My husband brought it home last summer and stuck it in my tiny garden. It grew to half that size. Crazy thing doubled in height. I'll post when it gets a flower!
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Sep 4, 2017 8:37 PM CST
Maybe a Turtlehead Chelone glabra
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Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Sep 7, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Vernonia/Ironweed of some kind?
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dave
Sep 7, 2017 2:29 PM CST

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I don't think it is, but it sure made me think of Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
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DebbieC
Sep 7, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Reminds me of my tall New England Aster, however it's been blooming for quite some time here.
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Muddy1
Sep 7, 2017 8:58 PM CST
I think janinilulu might be right; it could be Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed). If so, it should start blooming soon.
It doesn't normally get that tall, but I saw some Ironweed today that was at least that tall.
Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 4, 2017 2:58 PM CST
So many are 11 feet tall now, and here is a flower opening up.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 4, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Looks like a sunflower .
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2017 5:40 PM CST
It reminds me of Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 5, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Thank you! I’ll look closely tomorrow at the shortest stalk. The others whose flowers have opened are just too tall to see. 🤣
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 6, 2017 8:13 AM CST
A view of the bloom may provide for better identification but the height and growth habit, etc. sure reminds me of Helianthus angustifolius. I think there are varieties of Helenium with similar leaves that grow tall also.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Oct 7, 2017 2:02 PM CST
It could be Maximillian Sunflower, Helianthus maximilianii Smiling
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 7, 2017 2:08 PM CST
plantladylin said:It reminds me of Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)


I agree. This is one of the plants that we pass back and forth at our local swap. My dogs all love to eat the leaves of this plant.

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Name: Frank Richards
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frankrichards16
Oct 7, 2017 4:37 PM CST
reminds me of...

"Coreopsis tripteris 'Flower Tower Strain', 2015, Tickseed, kor-ee-OP-sis, 6x5 ft Perennial, Z3, Golden yellow. West fence. This is one huge plant!, Bloom Month 7-9, In Bed F4.19.2 for 7.2 years

Thick stems with dark green, leathery leaves. Large golden-yellow flowers. Improvement over the species with stems that are 3 to 2 times thicker, a more profuse longer bloom, and more robust. Winter interest and natural Finch feeder. Midwest native. A Van Hoorn Nurseries introduction. 5' wide x 8' tall. Late summer - early fall."


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 7, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Here's our database entry for Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)
And the entry for Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris)
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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 9, 2017 3:09 PM CST
I’ve been looking closely at descriptions of the sunflowers listed here. I’m also considering it’s Helianthus giganteus.

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