- Subject: Re: Serendipity
- From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:02:02 -0400 (EDT)
I tried to take a picture, but my computer wasn't cooperating, and the
picture I took wasn't that good anyway. BUT
Today when I was researching another topic for the newsletter I write,
I, totally by accident, discovered my mystery plant! It is
Eupatorium rugosum, or early white snakeroot. I don't know why it
is called "early" when it says it blooms from July into October.
Apparently it likes moist situations, so I guess this summer of
excessive rainfall is responsible for it's appearance. It is certainly
not growing in a moist situation, and I can't even guess where it
came from or how it got into the crack in my walk.
There is quite a bit about it online now that I know what to look for.
None of the pictures I find there look as full and bushy as my plant,
but here is one that is pretty good,
Apparently there is a cultivar with dark leaves called 'Chocolate' but
mine doesn't have the colored leaves. However, I think it is a handsome
plant and I am delighted to have it. It seems to be native to more
southern states, so I hope it will be hardy here.
In a message dated 9/16/2011 11:15:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I agree with Bonnie. Save the seeds. Do you have a picture to share?
Sent from my iPhone
On Sep 16, 2011, at 5:53 PM, BONNIE_HOLMES <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> What ever it is, you must save the seeds. You may have a new variety.
> I've never see white Joe Pye. I also have it growing in my gardens and
> love it.
> ETN Zone 7
> Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:46:31 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Serendipity
> As you all know, I'm not a very neat gardener. I let things grow
> where they want to, if I don't need the space for something else.
> Especially wild flowers that some people call weeds, like my
> beloved milkweeds. Another favorite that I let place itself is
> Joe Pye weed, and I have had a handsome one in the front bed
> this season. Well, I thought I had another coming along in a
> crack in the front steps. Usually I have Columbine there in the
> spring, and I thought I would let this grow until it got too big.
> As the season advanced it didn't get as big as Joe Pye usually
> does, but I thought it was probably because of the limited space
> it was growing in - really just a crack. Also, it didn't bloom as
> soon as the Joe Pye in the bed, but I told myself that it was
> because it was in more shade. Well, it has finally bloomed,
> very heavily, and it is white! What do I have? and where did it
> come from? I have looked in the wildflower books, and online,
> but nothing matches. It definitely is not Boneset, which is a
> white flower in the same family. It's foliage and growth habit
> is much like the blue Eupatorium coelestinum (some people
> call it perennial Ageratum, which it it not) that I have a nice
> bed of. The bloom is much the same, too, but it is bright
> white. Any ideas?
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