Two plants popped up in my small patio bed.  I wasn’t totally sure what they were so I let them grow out to reveal themselves.  I thought they might be weeds, Gulf Coast Penstemon or Cardinal Flower.  Once the plants grew to around 4 inches, it became clear they were Cardinal Flowers, which was my last guess.  I promptly dug them up and transplanted the pair to a better location.

More than once, I have mistook weeds for a wanted plant and let them grow.  And yes, there is a mix of weeds and seedlings in that bed.  I am waiting for them tell me what they are.

17 Comments on “Revealed”

  1. A neighbor of ours when we lived in Alabama, years ago, once told us that a weed is a plant you don’t want where it is growing.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I grinned at this. I’m really bad about being able to identify plants in the very first stages of growth. Bluebonnets I get, and lyre-leaf sage. For anything else, I’d have to do a lot of waiting around!

    • A weed is only a plant you don’t want. I have left a wild ageratum (mist flower) grow in one of my beds. It does very well and I have to pull up bunches of it every year, but it is pretty and pollinators love it.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Gifts of nature! ❤

  4. I too am learning to let things grow on until I can identify them. In my rush to weed, I have pulled up many a plant I would have loved to keep.

  5. Deb says:

    I have Mexican petunia plants that look similar to these plants. They are invasive of my flowerbed ,I pull up many runners all summer but always leave a few plants for hummers love them and they are pretty.

  6. Ann Coleman says:

    I’ve done the same thing more than once…just let something grow in order to figure out what it is!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Without experience with cardinal flowers, I would have guessed those to be willowherb. I am too familiar with that. (It might be cinnamon willowherb.)

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