I use an iPhone app called "Garden Compass" to identify plants I'm not familiar with. You simply submit a photo and then in about 24-48 hours you get a response with the identity of the plant. It's pretty sweet.
I submitted your photo, if no one here has answered you by the time I get a response, I'll let you know what they say it is.
All signs point to coral bell, north america, prairies. Edit: Oopsie, forgot to type the rest, yeah, it is similar to coral bell, but not really too similar in the long run. Here is a picture for comparison, personally, i am stumped.
Yes and the way they are forming doesn't look bushy enough to be coral bells.
The leaves are similar though so maybe something in the same family.
One of them is producing something that might be a small flower.
I'll take another picture when it gets a little bigger.
A facebook group member found the ID - it's a member of the Borage family called Desert Bluebells, or California Bluebells.
They are native to California and I'm a long way from there so I have no idea how they ended up in my flower bed.
A nice surprise for sure. I'll be collecting seeds to replant.
Glad you got it identified. Just wanted to post an update to my earlier reply.
I submitted the original photo and was number 1344 in line (average was usually 200-400). A few days later I got a "sorry for delayed response" email, and was at number 1002 in line.
The Garden Compass App had just joined forces with another similar service, now it is called "My Garden Answers". You can submit a photo and it will automatically come up with pictures of suggested matches. Apparently submitting the photo for a real person to look at now costs $4.99.
A new email said you'll have to update and use the new App. So I did, and submitted each of your photos one at a time. Both pictures had lots of suggested matches, none were any kind of bluebells.
Garden compass was great, we had used it many times with excellent results. It was fun to snap a pic of any plant we liked and get an answer relatively quick and very accurate. This new update to My Garden Answers isn't off to a good start with me, I'll still continue to try it out though. Too bad.