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Is this an army of weeds?

Posted by debtro z5 IL (My Page) on
Sat, May 3, 14 at 14:53

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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RE: Is this an army of weeds?

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

RE: Is this an army of weeds?

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

RE: Is this an army of weeds?

Looks like plantains. Those are edible, by the way.

RE: Is this an army of weeds?

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

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