Weed or Flower?

bankerjohn(8 NC)March 6, 2008

I recently moved from FL to NC, and in my new home I have quite a lot of planting beds around the perimeter of the house. My problem is, there are several "patches" of two different plants that I can't identify (distinguish between weed and flower)!

Here are pictures of both ... can anyone help in their identification?

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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

The first plant looks like some type of ajuga (bugleweed) Several varieties are sold as groundcover. Mine flowers in late spring/early summer. It can spread quickly, but I don't consider it an invasive....perhaps others do and would go with the bugleWEED name and rip it out.

I don't know what the second plant is.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 11:02PM
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bankerjohn(8 NC)

Having looked at several pictures on the internet, I believe you are correct about the first plant ... a variety of bugleweed.

Can anyone help me identify the second plant?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 10:39AM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

You may want to try the Name this Plant forum. It is more active than this one. They are good with weeds and non-weeds. I've learned alot over there. Yours looks like it could well be a non-weed that someone will quickly ID there.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 3:35PM
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bankerjohn(8 NC)

Thanks for the tip ... I'll post on that thread too!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 3:50PM
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hardin(7 SE OK)

As stated the first picture is Ajuga. I grow them as a groundcover and they are pretty. If they get out of hand, they are easy to control in Oklahoma. The other has stumped me, but it resembles some type of dianthus, or a pincushion flower. Some are hard to tell.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 12:45PM
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