What is the name of this plant?

Asked July 30, 2018, 2:20 PM EDT

Hi!

Please tell me the name of this plant. See attached photo.

Thanks much for your help!

Jefferson County Colorado

5 Responses

Hello,
Based on the leaf, this may be a variety of Geum spp., an herbaceous perennial. Do you know what the blossoms or seeds look like? Here is a fact sheet on Geum for you to compare your plant with https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/geum-spp/.

Best regards,

Thanks much for your help. You asked, "Do you know what the blossoms or seeds look like? " On the right side of the photo I sent (and am sending below) there are some flowers. They are white and are clusters of tightly enclosed petals. It is a perennial and has been growing well next to a pine tree. It does not get much sun but apparently that's okay because it is doing well.

I don't think it is a Gerum, as you suggested, because the flowers are different and the leaves on my plant are more pointed and separated. Other ideas?

Thank you for the response.

I don't recognize it, and will need additional information to key out.

  • Are the leaves alternate or opposite?
  • Are the leaves mostly borne from the base of the plant?
  • Does it have rhizomes?
  • How tall and wide is the plant?
  • How long is the flower stalk?
I'm wondering whether it is in the Saxifrage family, possibly in the Genus Tiarella...check this page for plant characteristics: https://www.google.com/search?q=Tiarella+site:.edu&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS790US791&tbm=isch&sou...:

Best regards,

Hello again,

Thanks much for your help. Below are two more photos and the answers to your questions. The first photo is the plant in my garden. The second photo is a leaf on a step in my house. I just cut off the plant and brought it inside to get a close-up.

Questions and answers

  • Are the leaves alternate or opposite? See second photo below.
  • Are the leaves mostly borne from the base of the plant? Yes
  • Does it have rhizomes? I don't think so.
  • How tall and wide is the plant?
      About 12 inches tall and about 24 inches wide. This is the third summer for this plant.

  • How long is the flower stalk? About 12 inches.
  • I reviewed the images on the page for which you provided a link. Many images are similar to my plant but none of the leaves look like image #2 below.

    Thanks for your help and persistence!

    Aha! The Native Plants Agent and I worked on this today: this is one of the plants in the genus Astrantia, of European origin and in the Carrot family (Apiaceae). Information on the varieties here: https://wimastergardener.org/article/astrantia-astrantia-major/.

    From the photos, it looks very close to Star of Billion https://www.brecks.com/category/Astrantia_Perennial_Plants/a

    Best regards,