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They are here, too - loosestrife.

@Nyboy , the neighbor likes things "natural" and has his volunteers from seed he planted, years ago. So, there are annual poppies and hollyhocks over the fence. Okay, fine but then the loosestrife showed up a couple of years ago. It doesn't need wetlands but must be more of a problem plant there. I think I killed it in his yard and will be back to volunteer that "help," soon.

@Kassaundra , I thought your plant might be Bugloss (An Anchusa) when I first saw your picture. The purple of Bugloss is intense! It isn't a good choice for the garden, however!

Steve
oh hey, NyBoy! Your link is to WA State ... couldn't keep that loosestrife on your side of the mountains, eh?
 

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I believe nurserys sold it as garden plant

I remember a nursery I worked at selling it. At the time, the variety we carried was considered a sterile version. It is if totally isolated, but the problem is that it can cross with the invasive version and produce viable seed. And apparently loosestrife pollen and seed are easily wind borne.

@digitS' , is your neighbors plant purple loosetrife, and not fireweed?
They have a similar look. I have a lot of fireweed around my property.

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They are here, too - loosestrife.

@Nyboy , the neighbor likes things "natural" and has his volunteers from seed he planted, years ago. So, there are annual poppies and hollyhocks over the fence. Okay, fine but then the loosestrife showed up a couple of years ago. It doesn't need wetlands but must be more of a problem plant there. I think I killed it in his yard and will be back to volunteer that "help," soon.

@Kassaundra , I thought your plant might be Bugloss (An Anchusa) when I first saw your picture. The purple of Bugloss is intense! It isn't a good choice for the garden, however!

Steve
oh hey, NyBoy! Your link is to WA State ... couldn't keep that loosestrife on your side of the mountains, eh?
The leaves aren't the same and they aren't in Oklahoma according to that map.
 

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At dinner Sat my friend Kristine said there was a large patch of flowers off a dirt road, some kind of ground cover. It had purple flower she said several guys where digging up patches.She wants to stop and get some for her garden with out knowing what it is. She asked if I wanted some I said nope till I see how it behaves in your garden.
 

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At dinner Sat my friend Kristine said there was a large patch of flowers off a dirt road, some kind of ground cover. It had purple flower she said several guys where digging up patches.She wants to stop and get some for her garden with out knowing what it is. She asked if I wanted some I said nope till I see how it behaves in your garden.
Smart man! lol
 

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These little wild 4 oclocks may be invasive but they won't be able to get to far out of hand where they are, there is no where for them to go that isn't mowed regularly.

And they are in the same bed as my black / blue salvia so they are going to have to compete w/ just as vigorous a plant.
 

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@digitS' , is your neighbors plant purple loosetrife, and not fireweed?
I think you are right! Not too clever of me to mistake one for the other. I'm sure I have noticed the airborne fireweed seeds in wild places but when they began blowing over my fence, I suspected the worse!

@Kassaundra , you also have a better knowledge of your local weeds than I do. It was just that Bugloss makes a very colorful contribution to a landscape but only when in bloom. Otherwise and in other ways, it is probably a troublesome weed.

Steve
 

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Oh, that's the trouble with common names!
Steve I thought you were referring to the landscape plant called Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla). It's pretty in bloom, the flowers are exactly the size, shape and color of forget me nots, but the foliage has interest all season. Some are silver, some are green and some varieties are variegated.

"Jack Frost"



And so far the deer don't eat them, another reason to love them!
 

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I'm learning ..

. new landscape plants!

Bought a couple of dahlia roots today ... maybe, I could be more imaginative :).

Steve
 
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