What is this plant?

Asked June 27, 2020, 1:48 PM EDT

I have a lot of this growing in a part shade area.
It is about 2 feet tall and is just beginning to "bloom".
The leaves are opposite and a bit "fuzzy."
You can see the veining on the leaves.
Do you know what it might be, or should I wait for the flower?

Chisago County Minnesota

4 Responses

Thanks for the quick response.
That is one of my favorites, too.
...just wondering...
Is there any "pattern" such that opposite leafed plants are "good", while alternate leafed plants are "bad?"
For example, I have gray dogwood, and the leaves look very similar to bittersweet and/or even some buckthorn. But the dogwood leaves are opposite, while the bittersweet are alternate.

I can nothing to suggest that.
Let it bloom and see if you like it.
If not, they are easy to remove (although they are slowly invasive and spread by seeds)
Alternatives are easy to find.

Just wanted to thank you for all of your Master Gardener work.
It was fun to see mention of your name and ideas/comments in the MPLS Star Trib today.