perennial flower or weed?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Cherish, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Cherish

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    This plant hasn't been very weedy in that it doesn't spread around the yard but the flowers are not much to look at, though I think those arching stems are sort of interesting. Can someone ID this? Thank you.
     

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  2. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Reminds me of a Helleborine, Epipactis. A close up picture of an open flower would help identification.
     
  3. Cherish

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    I was hoping I wouldn't need a flower picture since I didn't think I could find one amongst my hundreds of garden pictures but it's found and it looks like your ID is a good one. Thank you!
     

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    I think you have an orchid there. If it's perennial in Ohio, must be pretty hardy. I wouldn't consider it a weed, rather - something to be proud of!

    I bow out to more learned folk at this point.

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    I am also very envious, Epipactis helleborine, is in the Orchid family. They are hardy here in Britain, and grow wild in certain areas.
     
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    Yeah, that seems pretty neat to me too. It doesn't appear to be invasive here in this part of Ohio, at least, so I think this one is a keeper. It's pretty inconspicuous where it is currently but maybe now that I know what it is and plan on keeping it I can give it a better spot.
     

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