Can you identify this plant?


I live in Central Florida and this plant popped up in a flower bed. It is almost 5 foot tall and has purple flowers. Is it a weed?

q can you identify this plant
  14 answers
  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jul 17, 2018

    Looks like some sort of Lantana. Bees love it!

  • La.15630598 La.15630598 on Jul 18, 2018

    Looks like maybe a Joe Pye Weed, which is not really a weed most garden centers sell them. They do reseed easily. Do a on line search to see if it matches what you have.

  • Bill Alberter Bill Alberter on Jul 18, 2018

    Looks like hog weed. If it is, stay away from it. Can cause sever burns and permanent blindness! Look it up on line o be sure.

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    • Jeannie.mcquaid Jeannie.mcquaid on Jul 18, 2018

      Hogweed doesn't have little purple flowers. It has large flat clusters of pale green florets that turn to seeds, very much like the seed heads on dill.

  • Annie Jackson Annie Jackson on Jul 18, 2018

    Send a better close up shot of the actual flower along with the foliage to Dave's Garden site. They will help you make a positive identification. In the meantime, please wear protective clothing and gloves around it. Also, keep children and pets away from it.

  • Annie Jackson Annie Jackson on Jul 18, 2018

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jul 18, 2018

    Not Hog Weed ... Florida is not in their grow zone -- Virginia is about the southern extreme

  • CYNTHIA CYNTHIA on Jul 18, 2018

    Your picture is really not clear enough but the flowers look to be the same color and size as Cashmere Bouquet or Mexicali Rose. Look at the flowers and if they appear to be a huge cluster of tiny flowers it's probably the same plant. I have tons of them at my place and they will spread with underground runners and will take over if left alone. But butterflies and hummers just love them! They start off brighter pink and seem to fade to a lighter pink. Blooms last a long time. The plant is about 3 feet tall on average. Hope this helps

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Jul 18, 2018

    There is a PLANT IDENTIFIER app for your phone which allows you to snap a photo of the plant and it shows you pictures and information of what it seems to be. It's a HUGE help!

  • Virginia Virginia on Jul 18, 2018

    It's not a weed unless you don't want it, Otherwise, it's a volunteer (cultivated) or a wild flower. But watch it to see how invasive it might become.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Jul 18, 2018

    I don't know what it is, but , as my grandmother would say: If it has pretty leaves and lovely flowers, LEAVE IT ALONE! LOL

  • Bonnie.batek139 Bonnie.batek139 on Jul 18, 2018

    I have this in my rose garden. First time ever seeing it. Someone told me it's a Milkweed Plant. Butterflies love it.

  • Kathi bakker Kathi bakker on Jul 18, 2018

    It's a butterfly bush for sure

  • Wickedrooster Wickedrooster on Jul 20, 2018
    Yes i agree, it's a butterfly bush.

  • Nancy Renea Kilian Nancy Renea Kilian on Aug 12, 2018

    I also was torn between a milkweed and butterfly bush! What the heck is it???

    • Karyn Karyn on Aug 13, 2018

      Thanks to everyone that answered! Looks like I need to do more detective work using all these suggestions!