Hi there, I have a bunch of these coming up around my yard. Hopefully they are from seeds I scattered but forgot about and not some super vigorous weed that will take over my whole garden.
Thanks in advance!
Looks like Bee's Friend Phacelia tanacetifolia a native of California frequently planted for pollinators including in my garden.
Western Montana gardener and botanist in zone 6a according to 2012 zone update.
Gardening on lakebed sediments with 7 inch silty clay loam topsoil, 7 inch clay accumulation layer underneath, have added sand in places.
Daron Williams wrote:Got another plant ID for you all. This has shown up in a couple spots on my property - not sure what it is. Anyone know what it is?
Ironically, I was thinking all weekend of posting precisely that plant!
In the book "Botany in a Day", I found two matches, both with the common name loosestrife. But one has 5 sepals/petals/stamen and the other has the squarish stem and leaves in sets of 4, but only 4 petals. Argh.
So my German "Wild plants and animals" book has only one likely candidate, here super loosely translated:
50-150 cm. 1-1.5 cm wide flowers in a sparsely branched panicle; crown of bloom bare, comprised of red-spangled calyx leaves. Blooms June to August. Stems indistinctly angular, short haired; Leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3-4, they are ovate-oblong, 14 cm long, dotted.
In broken and rolling forests, on banks, in trenches and bogs.
The pollination is done by insects. Closely related to the pennywort."
PFAF says the leaves are marginally edible - that's my experiment for next weekend!
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