Wildflower IDs ???

imabirdnutJuly 15, 2011

I have several flowers that were either volunteers in my garden or I found on the side of the road...please help me ID them??? Are they BF host plants???

#1 Found as volunteer in my Tomatoe Garden in May & was about 5 ft tall...

#2 Found along side of road in July & is definitely in the Pea family---clusters of blusih-purple flowers

#3 Found in my Wildflower area in March--was about 1-2ft tall with 1-2"red flowers, maybe came out of a wildflower seed mix

I collected seeds from #2 & am planning to scatter them in my wildflower area for next year.

Thanks for your help with these!!!

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The first one looks like Yellow Sweet Clover, Melilotus officinalis, a non-native weed.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 7:07PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Second one might be alfalfa

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 8:07PM
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The third one looks like some sort of cosmos.


    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 1:46PM
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esh_ga...you nailed it! It is considered an invasive non-native! The good news about #1 is that I cut it down before it set seed!!! It was crowding my tomatoe plants, so I got rid of it!

On the native plant site...#3 is identified as Adonis aestivalis---Summer Pheasant's Eye. It must have been in a flower mix I scattered on my wildflower area.

#2 isn't alfalfa...it is more shrubby than the alfalfa I have planted for butterflies. It is definitely in the Pea family but still waiting for an ID!

Thanks everyone for replying!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 5:50PM
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Post that second one on the Name that Plant forum - that one has been id'ed before but I just can't remember what it was.

Post it just like you did here with the photos in the post.

Here is a link that might be useful: Name that Plant forum

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 7:20PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Medicago is the only genus in the Fabaceae that I know with coiled fruits like that. Fairly certain it is Medicago sativa

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 1:20AM
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