help with plant ID please

canadianprairiegirl(zone 3)July 17, 2009

sorry I couldn't get the photo to down load but I'm hoping some of you will be able to identify a perennial or biennial I was given last summer just from a verbal description! At the time it was small and flat like with long pointed leaves (similar to phlox) - this spring it really took off to 36-39" and produced panicles of pink, slightly scented (clove or spicey) flowers in June. When the flowers fell off, green needle shaped forms were left! Can anyone clue me in as to what this plant may be? Thank-you.

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It sounds like a Stock. They come in a range of colors and have 2 different flower heads, sort of a drumstick shape and a more open shape. The flowers look very much like Phlox. It is a biennial. There is also Evening stocks but they are annual, the flowers do not get as big but they are more fragrant, the scent fills the yard after a rain or in the evening. If it is in a bed the seeds pods will seed themselves and you should get more. If you deadhead they will bloom throughout the summer although the flower heads tend to be smaller and less prolific. One of my must have box plants because of the scent and usually not bothered by bugs. The evening stocks can actually be overpowering if they are heavily planted. Hope this helps

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 11:43AM
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canadianprairiegirl(zone 3)

thanks squirelette. I was wondering if it was a Stock - I just didn't think they got that big!!!! Unfortuntely I cut it down already and won't have any seed pods unless it comes back a second time. Happy gardening.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 10:52AM
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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

Long skinny needle shaped seed pods, sounds like Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) to me.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 12:02PM
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canadianprairiegirl(zone 3)

Well it looks like Dame's Rocket is the winner after looking at the online images, thank-you Crazy Gardener. It was posted as an invasive weed in some areas but it did give the garden some nice color early on.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 6:23PM
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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

I agree, it's really pretty and it blooms early and it CAN be invasive. However, just cut back most of the seed pods, you only need a few to self seed.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 10:50PM
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