What is this plant?

Asked June 21, 2017, 9:26 PM EDT

This one plant appeared in my garden this year and I let it grow, not knowing what it is. It's about 18" tall and looks like it's about to "bloom" or got to seed. I'll most likely pull it out, but I'd like to know what it is.

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like white avens, botanical name Geum canadense. It is a native that deer do not eat and thus is showing up more and more. It's a helpful groundcovering plant in wild or native areas, but in a manicured landscape it does tend to get around. It's not hard to pull from moist soil.

The interesting thing about this plant is how different the mature plant looks from the first year plants: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=geca7