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Re: Serendipity


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM, <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:

> 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,
> _http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/detail.asp?SpCode=EUPRUGvRUG_
> (http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/detail.asp?SpCode=EUPRUGvRUG)
> 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,
> zemuly@comcast.net writes:
> 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 <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net>
> wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> >
> > B
> > ETN Zone 7
> > Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > 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?
> > Auralie
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zone 8A

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