Plant identification

Asked April 3, 2020, 11:16 AM EDT

I’m not familiar with the names of these plants and would love to know. Thanks!

Jackson County Oregon

5 Responses

It's sometimes risky to identify plants from photos without knowing a little more about where they are growing ( wild or garden0, how tall and /or wide the planting is, when bloomtime is, etc. The three you show can be identified as to their common names, but the exact species or cultivar is very difficult without more information. The green "flowering" plants are Euphorbia . Most likely they are a subspecies of E. characias known as 'Wulfenii'..They contain a somewhat sticky white sap which can be very irritating to the skin, so always wear gloves when dealing with them.The pink-budded, pink(?) flowering plant is most likely a Viburnum. it appears to be evergreen and the flowers somewhat flat, not like the "snowball" type of viburnum which hasa rounded cluster. It appears large, so it could be a cultivar known as the 'Korean Spice' viburnum, which is a relative of Viburnum carlessii. There are many other viburnums that are similar to your photo. Most or the spring-flowering types bear black to dark blue berries in the fall, not edible for humans! Your last photo is of an herbaceous peony. "Herbaceous" means that the plant dies back each winter and returns in spring. Once the blooms are out, you might be able to match the beautiful bloom with a photo in a catalog to get the cultivar's name. We note a lot of dead stems on the ground--if they are from the previous year's growth of the plant, they should be cut back and removed. Peonies are fairly easy to grow in our climate, but they need tender, loving care. thanks for using Ask an Expert.

The photos of the plants are from last week. They are in someone’s landscape.

I have a couple other plants to identify. Also found in landscape and taken today

The flowers of the second plant smell like jasmine

The second of the two plants shown is a Daphne odora. It is a spring bloomer and very fragrant (most folks would say it has a citrusy, clean odor). It needs careful pruning to get a good blossom show.
The first photo is more problematic. It would have been more helpful had you indicated the size of the plant and whether the flowers had an odor or not. It looks suspiciously like a Pieris formosa. This shrub is noted for its brownish sepals ( the small leaf-like bud covers). Its common name is lily of the valley shrub, and it is a good choice for shady gardens. There are many different cultivars (or hybrids) of this particular species.You might watch for new leaves in the spring;the new growth of Pieris formosa is usually red or pinkish.

For clarification, the first of the two plant question is a small shrub. Maybe not more than 2 feet tall. I will have to go and see if the flowers smell