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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mystery Plant

Three weeks ago we started noticing a plant blooming in the wetlands away from the driveway. I used my binoculars to look at it to see what it was. We first thought it was a butterfly bush, but realized the leaves and blossoms were wrong for that. Finally my husband waded into the tall grass and briars to spray bittersweet, briars and mile a minute and picked a stalk of the plant.

Does anyone know what it is? Is it an aster?


FruGarcia said...

in sweden we call it tistel. you can google it.

Marcia said...

I don't think it is because the leaves are not the same, It's growing like a bush. The stalks are woody not anything like a thistle.

Emily said...

I think it is in the aster family, some type of knapweed (an invasive species). Maybe
Spotted Knapweed?

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