Plant identification by leaves

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I am trying to ID this Plant by the leaves, I pulled a bunch up yesterday as they were invading other plants, then I thought they were gaura and saved them but now I am confused after looking at more gaura leaf photos? They had seed heads at the top of the plant I cut off before removing many of them, I was afraid they would scatter even more. It seemed like a root runner plant. Thanks for all of you for Always helping me with my Identifications! Smiles, Cyndi
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Plant ID
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Plant ID
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Plant ID
q plant identification by leaves, gardening, plant id, Plant ID
Plant ID
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  • Sandra Sandra on May 27, 2016
    It looks like Dianthus to me (Sweet William).
  • Cheryl Gyles Cheryl Gyles on May 27, 2016
    Not quite sure yet, but definitely not gaura. Gaura blossoms along the stem and doesn't produce a seed head.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 27, 2016
    Although you mentioned they were growing into your other plants I think you should wait a little and see for sure that they are not a perennial of sort. I would hate for you to pull them out and they were in fact something of value in the garden.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 27, 2016
    Just remember if something is growing in a spot where you don't want it, it's ok to pull it out. Even if it is a flower. Likewise if there's s blooming weed and you like it, leave it.
  • Grandma jean Grandma jean on May 27, 2016
    I created a garbage garden. It's located across the road, in a ditch. The county lawn mowers recognize it as something "pretty" and mow around my little garden of plants that I just can't compost or feed to my red wriggler worms in their little apartment, because you never know when and where they will bloom. 😊
  • Grandma jean Grandma jean on May 27, 2016
    And I think it is some type of phlox.
  • Karla McMullen Karla McMullen on May 27, 2016
    Cindi, I know the plant well. What you have is wild tickseed, one of the many varieties of coreopsis. The state wildflower of Florida. All those yellow flowers blooming all summer along the highways are planted as part of many states' highway beautification projects. It grows knee high and produces 2" yellow flowers on long thin stems that wave around in a breeze. Very pretty. Four years ago I harvested a clump from beside a country road. It grew very quick and thick in a 2'x4' bed - too thick. The following year I redid the bed and I still have it coming up all over my garden. I love it! It's easy to pull up if it pops up where it's not wanted and really brightens up an unused corner of the garden. This year I had a nice clump come up in a crack in my patio right beside my porch steps. I'm careful to keep it dead headed because the seed heads spread far and wide and could get out of control. Hope you'll find a place for it in your garden. It's very beneficial as it attracks honey bees and butterflies. It looks especially good in a cottage/country garden. It's garden variety cousin coreopsis available in nurseries is usually shorter and more dense. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=COLA5 or google "wild tickseed" and you'll find loads of info.
  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on May 28, 2016
    Oh Karla. I have this growing also, is it Tickseed? I did purchase some last year but I put it in my back garden. And it is growing in my front garden. LOL! Smiles, Cyndi
    • Karla McMullen Karla McMullen on May 29, 2016
      @Cyndi Neumann Is this the same flower that is in your original post? This looks more like a lily with those stamens and the flowers blooming in clusters on the top of a leaved stalk.
  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on May 28, 2016
    I love the garbage garden name Jean! I started pulling natives by the roadside when we first moved here. Since I live in the middle of a forest I figured if it grew on road banks, it might grow here. I don't get a lot of sun but noon day in the Nantahala Forest. I learned about natives some and became addicted to seed heads and re-planting the natives. Now, I am a garden lover and need to spend more time with other things but the maintenance is just over whelming! I am building a stone labyrinth garden in the backyard and I got the idea here on Hometalk! I have to many rocks to dig , so above ground sounded good. Blessings to all of you and THANKS! Smiles, Cyndi