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Old 09-05-2014, 07:58 AM
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Purple weed ? Who am i ?


No picture.

This is a very aggressive weed that I've been fighting for a very long time. The leaves are close to the ground, in a small clump/crown, and shaped like traditional campanula leaves. (Scallop shape.) Reddish petioles. Acts more or less like a biennial (flowering in the second year) BUT they do not die. After 10 years of just pulling - last week, I decided to try digging - and there were hundreds of light tan tuberous roots, pretty deep. These are all interconnected, too.
The flower stalk is about 2 feet tall, and has bugles going up to the tip. Purple.

Very superficially resembles loosestrife, to give you a visual image of the flower stalk structure.

They are beautiful, but not taking over everything else.

Who am I ? (In Massachusetts.)
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:00 PM
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Are you talking about Henbit?
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:02 PM
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Looked that up - I can see why you would ask - but no.
The flower spike is sturdy, tall, and has many purple bugles working their way up.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:56 AM
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Maybe Bugle Weed?
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive...mmon-bugle.pdf
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:37 AM
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No, not Ajuga. (That's a very small groundcover.) Thnk bigger, think real flower spikes, not just little fluffs.
I'll just have to take a picture

Think of it more like a mid-size perennial plant, not a small groundcover.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:02 AM
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Possibly it is Physostegia 'virginiana'? It can take off in the right climate.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:25 AM
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Closer - but no. The leaves are very different, and the flowers are only on one side of the stem, not surrounding it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:08 PM
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Is it a prunella or self heal plant?
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:09 PM
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or possibly liaratis.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:19 PM
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Possibly it is a Campanula specie as you where thinking?
Possibly Campanula 'rapunculoides' also known as creeping Bellflower and is reported as a naucious weed.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:10 PM
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purple loosestrife maybe?
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:18 PM
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Nope, nope and nope…

I guess it's time to break out the old camera huh ?

Thanks for the tries, guys! (Keep trying!)
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:46 PM
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Is this a test and you know what it is or are you bedazzled as to what it may be?
Not that I mind, just curious.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:32 PM
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I've been fighting these things for over 10 years, and it's time to finally know what they are. So, I AM bedazzled.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:30 PM
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I hope that you are able to find out and eradicate it, if this is your goal.
Happy to help if I am able to.
I think we all know what it is like to eliminate an unwanted plant in our yards.
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