Weed or Stachys 'Hummelo'?

deanna_in_nh(5a/4b)July 28, 2011

I did WS some Stachys 'Hummelo' last year. This plant came up where I had WS it, and its foliage sure looks similar. But, now that it's blooming I'm pretty sure it's a standard weed I see around here but don't know the name. Surely something this unimpressive can't be Hummelo, which people rave about! I did find one picture of Hummelo's foliage close enough to see vein structure, and I think it's different. Both leaves have some notching/scallops on the edges, but I think the veining may be different. Hummelo looked like the veins went right out to the sides, whereas this one has veins that steer towards the tip. But, it was VERY hard to see the picture, so I still can't be sure. What is this thing? A sickly 'Hummelo' or a weed? If it's not 'Hummelo' then I find it ironic that it not only looks so similar but also has the same bloom time.

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I'm pretty sure it's Lobelia inflata/Indian Tobacco.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 2:30PM
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I have that same "weed" blooming in my garden right now. I just noticed it this week and was debating if I should yank it. It's growing near my motherwort, and the combo looks pretty. But I don't want my garden to end up full of it.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 3:05PM
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definitely not Stachys Hummelo, which has very distinctive foliage.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 5:29PM
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You hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what it is. And...while I was pulling this weed I found, hidden nearby, a TRUE Stachys 'Hummelo.' It must have overwintered but not been too strong as it's not very big and no bloom this year. It should make it to next year, though.

Thank you, jaynine!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 5:54PM
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You're welcome. Good luck with your 'Hummelo'.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 7:52PM
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Stachys 'Hummelo' is completely different from this plant. It has large, showy pink flowers. There are other wonderful Stachys cultivars even better than 'Hummelo' (in my opinion). Not so easy to find in nurseries so mail order on them. Like 'Grandiflora'. Very showy, very reliable.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 10:19AM
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Ginny, why is 'Grandiflora' better than Hummelo? Bigger flowers, longer bloom period, better foliage, or more robust? I like Hummelo, but can't say it's my favorite plant. I do like the timing of the blooms, which is just after the perennial Salvias are finished with their first flush of bloom. I hadn't heard of Grandiflora before, but it does look nice.

Here is a link that might be useful: S. Gradiflora at Lazy S's Farm

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 11:16AM
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