First Year Echinacea from Seed Looks Like a Weed

SeedyGuyJuly 22, 2012

Hi,

I planted some Echinacea seeds I bought at the store, and up came some plants right where I planted them, but the plants look like weeds, not like the other Echi's I already have growing. After the weedlike plants came up, some echi-like leaves popped out of the ground about an inch away from the weed shaft! I am hoping the weedlike thing is really a first-year Echi, and the leaves at the bottom are Echi leaves that will grow into a normal Echi plant.

It is supposed to be a Purple Coneflower, btw.

Any clues welcome !!!

Thanks

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SeedyGuy

I should add that the "weed" looking plants are just one stalk, about 3 or 4 feet tall, with lots of thin spear shaped leaves coming out horizontally.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:56PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Please share a picture. It will help us immensely to answer!

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 8:51AM
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SeedyGuy

OK, thanks for responding! Here are some pics. I know it looks like 3 big weeds, but they are growing right where I planted the echinacea seeds. There are 2 echinacea plants at the base of 2 of the weeds. Each echi plant pops out about 1 inch away from the "weed", so it seems like the weed is the feeder plant, and the echinaceas are propagating from the roots of the feeder plant (weed).

In other words, it seems like the echinacea seed grows into the weed-like plant, but sends of real echinacea roots which grow into real echinacea. Or else, it is just a coincidence that weeds grew up right next to my echinacea seeds !!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 10:07AM
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SeedyGuy

Another pic.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 10:12AM
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SeedyGuy

And one last pic, which is of some of my regular echinaceas.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 10:19AM
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lisanti07028(z6NJ)

That's horseweed, or mare's tail.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 12:03PM
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SeedyGuy

Thanks. So it's a weed, eh? Well I guess I'll pull them out. Strange coincidence about the weeds growing right next to the echinaceas. Oh well.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 10:02AM
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kaliaman

your 'regular' echinacea is the species known colloquially as purple coneflower.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:13PM
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