Plant ID forum: I don't think we planted this.

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Name: Susan
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Muddy1
May 22, 2018 6:33 PM CST
About 6 of these plants are spaced equally apart in one of my daughter's flower beds, but I don't think they're something we planted.
My first thought was that they were pig/burn/horse/fire weeds, but none of those seem to be matches.

Any ideas?
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
May 22, 2018 9:11 PM CST
Would you be mad if I suggested that those look a lot like a plant needing ID on another thread...

All images shown remind me of Goldenrod. Goldenrod are notoriously quite stoloniferous, so if that plant inhabited a garden, it would be possible for it to sprout anywhere that its stolons were cut or disturbed.

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DISCLAIMER: I'm a self-proclaimed unreconstructed woody plants guy, so take anything I claim here with a grain (or quintillion) of NaCl.
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HamiltonSquare
May 22, 2018 9:33 PM CST
I agree it's a Goldenrod. Maybe Solidago gigantea or Solidago canadensis. There difficult to ID as to species. Those are all most likely connected by runners as mentioned above. (stolons)
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
May 23, 2018 6:05 PM CST
John, I wouldn't be the slightest bit mad if you suggested it looked like the photos of Goldenrod submitted for ID on an earlier thread in this forum, but I really still don't think it's Goldenrod Whistling
I considered that possibility, but differences in the main stem, midrib of the leaves, and shine and serration of the leaves - plus the fact that it doesn't look like any of the Goldenrod species in my area - leave me doubting.
I may dig it up and relocate it until it blooms, because right now those plants are occupying prime garden bed space in my daughter's yard, and I have excess plants of known genus and species which I would love to offload on her!
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
May 25, 2018 7:55 PM CST
Definitely dig one - or all - and show us what you find before replanting! The nature of the plant's root systems are often good separators of mimicking species.

I am and always will unabashedly be a woody plants guy trespassing in the world of herbaceous plants. It wouldn't bother me to be off the mark, but willing to learn more about what I'm looking at.
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
May 26, 2018 6:08 PM CST
I will try to dig some up soon, especially the ones growing known plants that we want to thrive, like the Liatris at the base of these mystery plants/possible Goldenrod.

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