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Wildflower IDs ???

Posted by imabirdnut 7b North Texas (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 15, 11 at 14:28

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...
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#2 Found along side of road in July & is definitely in the Pea family---clusters of blusih-purple flowers
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#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
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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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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

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


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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

Second one might be alfalfa


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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

The third one looks like some sort of cosmos.

Jackie


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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

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!


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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

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


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RE: Wildflower IDs ???

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


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