Unknown Perennial

Asked April 18, 2019, 5:43 AM EDT

I have a plant that's been around a couple of years now, pretty robust but grows in a low profile mound in a lower sunlight area under a shrub. What is this?

Montgomery County Maryland plant identification flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials t2

12 Responses

This looks like it might be the white avens (Geum canadense). Have you seen these in flower in past years? They produce a fairly insignificant white flower and then reseed. The initial leaf shape is different from the mature leaf shape, with the new leaves sometimes having a whitish or dusty-gray cast. They are quite variable! Take a look at all the photos on this website and see if this matches what you have seen. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=3605

Christa

Thank you so much! I've been wondering about that one for a couple of years now. It's pretty stable. I think I'll keep it!

I have one more for April, just popped up:

The leaves on the one I just posted so far look like mint leaves, but on steroids.

This might be something in the primrose family, but we would need to see it in flower to determine what it is. We would be happy to look at another photo later in the season when the plant is more developed.

Christa

Okay, thank you!

I'm attaching an updated photo of the as-yet-unidentified plant.

Are there any hairs along the stem and/or under the leaves? Does any part of the plant feel prickly? Or is it all smooth?

Christa

Thank you. It is smooth. I'll attach another pair of photos, as it's developing quickly:

You may answer your own question by then, but we would like to see a photo of it's flower.


Christine

Okay, thanks! It looks like it's getting ready, so I'll attach a flower pic as soon as it blooms.

Okay it has a flower!

This looks like a type of mullein, most likely moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria).
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=2795

Christa