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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!
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What is this?
 
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Looks like Bee's Friend Phacelia tanacetifolia a native of California frequently planted for pollinators including in my garden.
 
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Yes! Thank you, I do remember spreading seeds of that; I need to keep better records of all that stuff!
Thanks again, it was driving me crazy trying to remember that!
 
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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?
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Unknown yellow flower that showed up this year in a mulched area.
 
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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. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loosestrife

(I'm in N Germany, while BiaD is North America-based.  I was thinking that perhaps I just had some European ur-loosetrife - maybe not. :) )
 
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So my German "Wild plants and animals" book has only one likely candidate, here super loosely translated:

"Lysimachia vulgaris

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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