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Post  martha on 4/23/2010, 4:13 pm

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I don't know how to do text and photo at the same time!

Post  martha on 4/23/2010, 4:15 pm

So, this was planted last year as an alpine strawberry. Long story short, it stayed in its little plastic container too long, so when I finally transplanted it, it grew and thrived but didn't have time to reach strawberry-hood.

This year, it reappeared early, and is thriving, but I am having a hard time thinking it looks like a strawberry.

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Post  pattipan on 4/23/2010, 4:57 pm

Looks like Columbine or maybe Bleeding Heart leaves to me. There are lots of varieties, so it's hard to tell which one. Any buds yet?

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Re: What is this?

Post  martha on 4/23/2010, 5:05 pm

you have probably solved the mystery - there was a columbine plant near where the little thing was hanging around waiting to be freed from its little plastic thing last year.

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Post  nancy on 4/23/2010, 6:22 pm

it's lovely! i can't wait to see pics when it blooms. i have "accidental" columbine growing through the stones on my flagstone patio. i think a bird gave them to me. the ones growing under the grill are doing quite well.
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Post  jenjehle on 4/24/2010, 12:12 am

This has some similarities to cilantro. The leaves look a lot like it but from what I remember, cilantro has much smaller leaves.

You have to let us know if you do find out! Now we're all curious
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Re: What is this?

Post  Shoda on 4/25/2010, 11:27 am

We have a cilantro plant growing in our garden and it doesn't look like that at all. The leaves are smaller and the branching is different. Course, I bet there are about 50 varieties of cilantro so who knows. Don't think I would eat it though!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/25/2010, 11:45 am

I am not a flower person, but with that warning, don't the leaves of both bleeding heart and columbine grow in three leaf sets like a clover? If the square of that plant is 1 foot, than I'm not sure it is cilantro either. I think cilantro has two kinds of leaves (one is a little more lacy) when it gets that large.

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I have something that grows each year in my garden but doesn't spread. It makes pretty flowers in deep pink and purple. I do not have pictures of the flowers, but I was taking pictures of blossoms yesterday, there and this is growing under a Rhody. I don’t know what it is either, I just know what it isn’t.



Mine mound up before sending out flower stems. Pretty in summer, messy in fall.
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Post  pattipan on 4/25/2010, 12:45 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:
I have something that grows each year in my garden but doesn't spread. It makes pretty flowers in deep pink and purple. I do not have pictures of the flowers, but I was taking pictures of blossoms yesterday, there and this is growing under a Rhody. I don’t know what it is either, I just know what it isn’t.

My dad has a bed of delphiniums, so I'm pretty sure that's what your is. Do a Google image search and you'll see the leaves are identical.

Columbine reseed themselves, so it is very likely that Martha's plant is a columbine -- she'll know for sure when it blooms, though!

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Post  mckr3441 on 4/25/2010, 3:00 pm

I have a red-blooming Coral Bells that has similar leaves. Any chance it could be that?

Here's a picture I took when it was one of my "mystery" plants. It's a little chewed up but I rescued it and it is lovely.


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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/25/2010, 3:17 pm

@pattipan wrote:My dad has a bed of delphiniums, so I'm pretty sure that's what your is. Do a Google image search and you'll see the leaves are identical.i

I wish! I love ol' delphiniums. But these are not delphiniums. Single magenta or purple flowers on long stalks.
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Post  Odd Duck on 4/26/2010, 1:00 pm

That doesn't look like bleeding heart or columbine to me, both are much lacier and have more divisions in the leaves.

Could it be larkspur? I think that starts as a low base with broader flowers, then the upper leaves start to get more lacy/divided and the leaves on the flower spike are very lacy and finely divided.

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Post  bullfrogbabe on 4/26/2010, 8:23 pm

Could it be a variety of cranesbill / geranium species? The leaves resemble some I have in my perennial flower beds. There are many perennial garden and wild flower / weed species in this genus of plants. See some photos of some species at the following links:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hTt7ulSkLpI/R5tnX5Td27I/AAAAAAAAHPI/eWjhmDx0N9Q/s800/geranium_molle_1.jpg

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/gallery/files/9/3/8/0/cranesbill-sf.jpg

It will start blooming over the next month or so if it is a cranesbill. They can be very pretty but they can selfseed and can become a pest if this is not what you wanted to grow in your SFG.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/26/2010, 9:08 pm

That is crazy close bfbabe!
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