Flower or weed?

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I found these flowers growing all over in our yard, the lady who lived here before us was a crazy gardener. I don't know what half of the flowers that are growing in our yard are. I wasn't sure if these are flowers or weeds. Anybody know?
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  • Jan Jan on Apr 15, 2016
    Virginia Bluebells, mine just starting to bloom.

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    • Libbie B Libbie B on May 31, 2021

      They are so pretty! I just bought some today.

  • Rose Boehl Michl Rose Boehl Michl on Apr 15, 2016
    We call them Surprise lilies. the foliage comes up in the spring and them dies down then in August the pink flowers pop up out of the ground-no foliage.

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    • Sran_dr Sran_dr on Apr 15, 2016
      @Rose Boehl Michl I think you are referring to Resurrection Lillies.

  • Lisa Falkenthal Lisa Falkenthal on Apr 15, 2016
    jan is correct. Botanical name Mertensia. Great plant for shade. May go dormant in summer. No fear it will return.

    • Janice Janice on Apr 16, 2016
      @Lisa Falkenthal Or Virginia Bluebells as they are commonly called.

  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Apr 15, 2016
    It will return with a vengeance. In Iowa, they were hard to get rid of.

  • Laquieda Lucki Tovar Laquieda Lucki Tovar on Apr 15, 2016
    A weed is a plant that grows in inconvenient place.

  • Rose Boehl Michl Rose Boehl Michl on Apr 15, 2016
    Yes this picture is of Virginia Bluebells. I was posting to another picture that was with this picture. It was a picture of some foliage. I know it was confusing.

  • Martha Martha on Apr 16, 2016
    They're very pretty! I'd say flowers!

  • Lisa Kerr Lisa Kerr on Apr 16, 2016
    Comfrey.

  • Porland1624 Porland1624 on Apr 16, 2016
    Virginia Blue Bell is a flower

  • Louise Griffin Louise Griffin on Apr 16, 2016
    Virginia Bluebells - mertensia virginica - very aggressive spreader but if you like bright blue in Spring, let them naturalize in a shady or semi shady area - they will go dormant by mid summer and the foliage will "disappear" but will come back next Spring.

  • D roach D roach on Apr 16, 2016
    a weed is a flower in the wrong place. If you like it, it's a flower, if not it's a weed.

  • Amy VanGorp Amy VanGorp on Apr 16, 2016
    Depends on if you like it or not! ;)

  • Beverly Perry Beverly Perry on Apr 16, 2016
    They are wild violets...so.eti.es called johnny nump ups.

    • Bonnie Bonnie on Apr 17, 2016
      @Beverly Perry Not wild violets, they have flat petals, not bell shaped. Johnny Jump-ups are not a violet, they're in the pansy family. This plant has clusters of bell shaped flowers called a Virginia Bluebell and is a perennial, which comes up every year.

  • April April on Apr 16, 2016
    Looks like Bethlehem sage.

  • Virginia zacharias Virginia zacharias on Apr 16, 2016
    Louise from Portland Me is correct, These are Virginia Bluebells and I live in Minnesota and they do not spread here.

    • DORLIS DORLIS on Apr 16, 2016
      @Virginia zacharias VIRGINIA BLUEBELLS IS CORRECT. I HAVE WILD ONES GROWING IN MY WOODS AND HAVE MOVED SOME INTO MY SHADE GARDEN.

  • 861650 861650 on Apr 16, 2016
    I would love to have some! Love the color purple especially mixed with red...and then again, with everything!

  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 16, 2016
    They are indeed Virginia Bluebells. They spread like crazy here in Tennessee and are ephemeral.

  • Darlene Darlene on Apr 16, 2016
    Definitely Virginia Bluebells. They are lovely in a woodland garden.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Apr 17, 2016
    If you like them, they're a flower. If you don't, it's a weed. ;) Haha. But it is a native woodland flower that likes moist soil and shade. Highly regarded as the crown jewel of wildflowers. Pretty little things, aren't they?

  • Sandra Sandra on Apr 21, 2016
    I just bought some of these at Lowes! lol... Virginia Bluebells.

  • Don Don on Jul 24, 2016
    Flower but i don't know the name sorry

  • Laura Elersich Laura Elersich on Mar 29, 2019

    what kind of paint are you using

  • Laura Elersich Laura Elersich on Mar 29, 2019

    This isn’t chickweed and right now it’s popping up hurry and pull it up or it does literally shots seeds out when touched