Is this an army of weeds?

debtro(z5 IL)May 3, 2014

This plant popped up last year in a mulched area, mostly shaded by big willow trees, junipers, serviceberry. I left it alone. I don't remember it flowering. It's back and already more developed than any perennials except daffodils. Is it a weed? If so what is it?

If it's not a weed I'd actually like a ground cover in this area, one that will tolerate shade.

It's in other mulched areas now - probably seeds came mixed in the mulch.

Thanks for help!

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Might possibly be Mullien, Verbascum, sometimes a "weed" and sometimes a plant people buy from a nursery.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 6:46AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Repost when it flowers for a definite id. Or try the Name That Plant forum.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 8:17AM
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Looks like plantains. Those are edible, by the way.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 7:00AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It isn't any Plantago aka Plantain, I'm 100% sure of that.

Are they separate plants or connected by runners under the mulch?

If I was forced to take a guess right now I'd go for Omphalodes verna, or other member of the Boraginaceae.

Here is a link that might be useful: Omphalodes verna

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 11:30AM
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