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Penny Dumelie
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I have this plant in my front flower beds.
I live in the Prairies. The beds are on the east side of my house and get sun until noon or so.

The dirt was added to the beds a couple years ago and I don't remember adding to it last year so there should be no hitchhiker mystery seeds.

I have these all through the bed so something seeded out but I have no idea what this could be, weed or flower.
It looks familiar and I'm betting more on weed than flower.

It is sort of like heuchera / coral bells but the petiole seems thicker and longer than the plants I see on Google.

The leaf is fuzzy but it's a short fuzz. It's the same on the underside but it's pale in color.
The texture of the plant leaf is almost paper-like, but not overly thick and not delicate.

Hoping someone here can identify it for me.

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Pineapple weed (small ones) and the Mystery weed (with purple edges and veins)
 
David Eaks
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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.
 
chad Christopher
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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.

 
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That is, as Chad identified it coral bells or Heuchera. It is favored by hummingbirds and ignored by deer.
 
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I'm not so sure it's a coral bell. Like you said, the petioles don't look right. I went out and looked at one of mine and the petioles are much rounder and less succulent looking.
 
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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.
 
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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.

Here's a picture with a new bloom.
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Desert Bluebell
 
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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.
 
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