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Sat Jul 18, 2015, 01:14 AM

Plant Identification Help

Hi,
If anyone has a clue it would be most appreciated. I live in the midwest and I bought this plant. It is a perennial. Last year it just had the funky foilage. The leaves are quite large at about 15 inches long an 4 inches wide. This year it took off with a spike of about 7 feet tall with all kinds of buds. It eventually fell over, I will need to stake it next year, but it is blooming while bent. (Blooming While Bent is one of my favorite Beatles songs)


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Response to hibbing (Original post)

Sat Jul 18, 2015, 07:53 AM

1. My bet is Gray-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia pinnata, also known as Ratibida pinnata)

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/gray-headed-coneflower

But there's so much variation in Coneflowers, that the ID could depend on exactly where you live.

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Response to hibbing (Original post)

Sat Jul 18, 2015, 12:48 PM

2. It looks like it is in the sunflower family.

This is a large group of flowers, including black eyed susans (rudbeckia) and blanket flowers (gaillardia) as well as the more commonly known sunflower. I have rudbeckia and the ones that I have are biennial. The first year, it is just foliage, and the second year it flowers. It produces a lot of seeds and keeps spreading so that I have flowers every year.

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Response to hibbing (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 04:14 AM

3. Compass Plant

Last edited Mon Jul 20, 2015, 11:49 AM - Edit history (2)



Silphium laciniatum

Plant some big bluestem or indian grass around it to hold up the flower .....
you can also cut the flower stalk so it doesn't get too tall.

It is called compass plant because the leaves will go north and south in order
that the leaf tissue gets less sun light and this saves H2O. Birds (finches)
love the seed.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 09:48 AM

4. Ahhh...hah!

That is it, thanks a lot!

Peace

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 09:34 AM

5. True to your name, thanks! (nt)

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