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Sunday, June 7, 2009

HELP Needed! What Is This Plant?!

Can you help me with this plant identification, please?

It's upright and tall. Now, its height is about 3 feet and it keeps growing.
Multiple stems appeared from the ground at the same time.
Please, click on the picture below to see the dark markings on the stems.

I am waiting for the flowers to appear, but instead of them,
there are new leaves unfurling on the top of the plant.

Last year, I pulled this plant out before it reached 3' . I never saw the blooms.
This year, I decided to wait longer and see the flowers, but it's getting big and takes a lot of space. Please, help!


  1. Hi Tatyana, can't help you, it looks familiar but I think it has the same name as lots and lots of plants: mystery plant! cheers, catmint

  2. Танюш, я тоже не в курсе, но точно не кошачья мята))) Поищу пойду вдруг найдется!

  3. Don't know, but I think I have the same thing in my yard. The thing is weedish.

  4. The markings on the stems look very hydrangea like, not sure what plant it is though. Did you plant it or did it just come up self seeded?

  5. It looks a little bit like Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) which in the UK is an invasive weed. Try pulling a bit up - the root structure is very distinctive, with a sort of short tuft of roots. There are lots of pictures on the web. Himalayan balsam has very pretty flowers but these develop seedheads which explode, spreading the seeds six or seven feet around the plant.

  6. Tatyana,

    It looks like it is Joe-pye Weed. A great butterfly attractor, once I saw 22 swallowtails on one plant. It gets up to 10 foot tall with the right conditions, more likely 5 ft. We have in our garden the wild and hybrid which grows 3 foot tall.

  7. It looks like Black & Blue Salvia...same leaves, and the height if right. Have you planted it before?

  8. It looks like Joe Pye weed, or Eupatorium purpureum. Do not pull it out if you'd like a nice late season show. I love mine.

  9. I agree with Randy & Tina ~ it definitely looks like Joe Pye Weed to me too. It's not a weed tho, it's actually very attractive and like mentioned, a bee & butterfly magnet. I have the purple variety but it looks the same in every way except the coloring. It doesn't begin to bloom until late July then it's non stop until the end of summer. I hope you decide to leave it and see the blooms. They are worth having in the garden.

  10. Ha! This reminds me why I never usually do plant identifications. I always get it wrong!

  11. Victoria, it is not in getting it right but in the attempt at trying for sure. You guessed and that is a big positive:)

  12. AnonymousJune 08, 2009

    It looks like Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium), a wonderful genus of native North American shrubs. It's a great late-summer and early-fall bloomer, with clusters of flowers that are butterflies love. It's also called boneset, because it was used as an herbal remedy in helping broken bones mend.

  13. I also vote for Joe Pye. It blooms in the fall here, and can grow to over seven feet tall. But allow it to grow in a spot where the height will not be a problem, for the butterflies adore it! The new leaves unfurl in that interesting pattern. The flowers are airy balls in shades of pinky purple. We have lots of it here and love it.

  14. Tatyana, I vote for an invasive weed also! I think the flowers are mauve or pink.

  15. I guess you are just going to have to let it flower so that it can be identified but perhaps stop it setting seed just in case t becomes a bigger problem.


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