Asked on Jun 22, 2012


Ewo12552396Sue KieneLorraine Miller Frank


This first showed up voluntarily in my front porch flower garden. It has a woody stem and I've observed from the past 2-3 years that it spreads new growth by sending out runners. But then again, one also came up all by it's self in another pot. I have no clue what it is, but it's pretty so I just try to keep it somewhat contained.
The pictures are the 3 stages of berry like things - then whitish flowers that turn pink,
(1) Starts out like this
(2) Then little white buds appear in clusters
(3) Then the clusters turn pink
14 answers
  • Susan S
    on Jun 22, 2012

    So, any ideas what this mystery plant is??? Also, all the foilage in pic #3 to the right of the plant is another shrub altogether, just incase it looks like it's part of this.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 23, 2012

    I have no idea! I'm going to be watching this post to see what people think.

  • Becky (J) P
    on Jun 23, 2012

    it almost kinda looks like my tall phlox??? (not the ground cover kind)

  • JP S
    on Jun 23, 2012

    White milk weed?

  • Susan S
    on Jun 23, 2012

    Gee thanx Doug - YOU are the one I was really counting on to come up w/the right answer. We'll see what Walter or Erica and other plant pros might think!! @JP S - but it turns pink - starts out white then graduates to pink. Don't think it's milkweed or a member of phlox - but then again - I DON'T HAVE A CLUE!! ;~)

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 23, 2012

    ah ha! JP's comment pulled the trigger for me. swamp milkweed

  • Susan S
    on Jun 23, 2012

    "Found along the Grasse River downstream of Madrid, St. Lawrence County, NY" OOOOO Kaaaaaaa???? I C &P's the above statement from your link Walter. Seems to have done a serious amount of migration don't ya think? Obviously a passing bird sometime in the past!!! Well, it ain't bothering me and as long as I don't let it run amuck - keep runners in check etc. I'm ok with it! JP - looks like you were on to something after all!!! Thanks guys - YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!! ;~)

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 24, 2012

    So that's what it is! Looks well worth keeping around.

  • Paula Lucas
    on Jun 25, 2012

    It looks like asclepias to me - which is a type of milkweed.

  • Susan S
    on Jun 25, 2012

    So if it's a member of the milk weed family that's a good thing then right?? It'll attract B-flies and isn't a nusiance. Thanks everybody - This has been coming up for about 3 or 4 years and I had no idea what it was. HT really rocks!!!

  • Virginia B
    on Aug 21, 2012

    Looks like some kind of wild Balsam to me...

  • Lorraine Miller Frank
    on Aug 25, 2016

    Definitely a milkweed but that is a very good thing! According to Save Our Monarch site, "The monarch butterfly is in trouble. Their numbers are down 90% of what they were in 1992. And the milkweed plant population, which is indispensable to the monarch, is also down 90%. Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. But these plants are rapidly disappearing, due to the loss of habitat stemming from land development and the widespread spraying of weed killer on the fields where they live. The Save Our Monarchs Foundation is solely dedicated to saving the monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed." You can get free seeds and more information at:

  • Sue Kiene
    on Sep 3, 2016

    milkweed is pretty invasive but I agree this one is very pretty. It is very pretty and the changing colors is wonderful. I would try to keep it confined to one area in your yard.

  • Ewo12552396
    on Oct 29, 2016

    It is a milkweed! Sorry, no fancy clower.

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