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proofer 04-05-2010 08:08 AM

What is this fuzzy plant?
 
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Any idea what this plant could be? I'm in southern Ohio. I did not plant it. It just appeared early last year. It's 21 inches across and feels soft and fuzzy. And it looked like this pretty much even during the wintertime.

cellophane 04-05-2010 08:21 AM

looks like a lamb's ear

proofer 04-05-2010 08:31 AM

It didn't flower last year (but maybe that's because it was a young plant). Is it a weed? Or is it an actual plant that people buy? Anyway, I like it, so I'll keep it there. It's in a spot along the walkway to the front door that has mostly shade throughout the day. But it's survived this long, so I guess it likes the shade.

oh'mike 04-05-2010 08:49 AM

Mullen--It's a wild prairie plant--tall flower stem with an unremarkable flower.

Weed.--Mike--

HooKooDooKu 04-05-2010 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by proofer (Post 424199)
Is it a weed? Or is it an actual plant that people buy?

One person's plant is another person's weed.

By definision, a weed is "an undesirable plant growing wild", especially if the plant is a disadvantaged (compeditor) to a crop, lawn, or flower bed you are trying to grow.

So proofer, if you want the plant, then by definision, it is no longer a weed. Your neibor might disagree...

Scuba_Dave 04-05-2010 12:08 PM

I have them here, or something extremely close
I let one grow one year to see it flower
Weed..............

proofer 04-05-2010 12:24 PM

Thanks for your opinions. I'll consider it a plant and not a weed. Because I like it. At first, I thought it'd become a cabbage! If it flowers, as long as it doesn't draw honey bees, it's staying.

Scuba_Dave 04-05-2010 12:25 PM

Just keep in mind that this year you have one
If it flowers & seeds next year you will have dozens

proofer 04-05-2010 02:10 PM

That would be okay with me. I would place them in the areas where blight or mites have killed so many of my expensive ornamental spiral and poodle juniper plants! As each of them die out, I'd be crazy to replace them with another expensive ornamental plant.

oh'mike 04-05-2010 03:13 PM

They are a solitary kind if plant--not a real threat to your garden---I like them ,too.

Enjoy!

dinah 04-19-2010 01:50 PM

What is this fuzzy plant
 
Yay for keeping the Mullein. I just transplanted some from a friends garden to an outdoor classroom. I think they'll look good in a grouping. It's going to get tall. 5' if it is happy.

Willie T 04-19-2010 02:05 PM

What a beautiful sidewalk border that would make at my house. Wish I had thirty or forty of them.

proofer 05-27-2010 07:32 AM

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UPDATE: I haven't had any more of these plants start up in this general area, but I've got to admit, it's gotten too big. At 60 inches across and growing, it's gotta go. It's crowding out the hosta that's to its left.

Parsec 05-27-2010 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by proofer (Post 447488)
UPDATE: I haven't had any more of these plants start up in this general area, but I've got to admit, it's gotten too big. At 60 inches across and growing, it's gotta go. It's crowding out the hosta that's to its left.

Wow, that cute little thing turned into an ugly green monster!

Leah Frances 05-27-2010 11:18 AM

Proofer - thanks for the update. It's the plant that ate your yard! 60 inches! Woweee!


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