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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I have this growing in one of my beds….nothing else like it, so I have taken care of it.  If it is a weed, I will be embarrassed because I have even tied it up….lol



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    Stelios
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    Hard to say Charlene.  The flowers look to me like the ones on clover.  They are hardy in your flower beds because you use products to feed your plants.  Then again what do I know.  They look pretty anyways.


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    Raising_4_Birders
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    Well, I looked in my wildflower book and I’d say its hoary alyssum, a member of the mustard family, and a non native plant. it grows up to 3′ tall, has flower spike clusters of tiny white flowers, each consisting of 4 petals, each petal is divided so each flower looks like it has 8 petals.  Leafs are thin, lance shaped, covered with pale white hairs giving them a downy appearance, leaves alternate along a single stem that divides near the top.  A European import, host plant for cabbage butterfly caterpillars (YIKES)! Pull it.



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    iris43
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    I have never seen this plant bf, Charlene.  It does look and sound like the one Melissa has described.  I wonder if, since it’s related to the mustard family, is it as invasive as garlic mustard.  Before it goes to seed maybe you should get it positively id.  As pretty as it is, you wouldn’t want it taking over your gardens like garlic mustard tends to do.


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    takyslaky
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    I have to agree with Melissa on this one.  Mustard here is invasive and I have seen that white flower here too, so I pull it because some wildflowers here tend to be the invasive type.  The only wild flowers I leave is goldenrod, oxeye daisies, woodland sunflowers and roses, milkweed and a few others that I know are good for the beneficial insects we get.  I got a great stand of poison ivy here on my other lot.  Charlene can vouch for that one..LOL.



    tealbirdIA_Z4
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    Pretty – but dangerous?  Be careful.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Thanks for the info, Melissa, and the advice from all of you….I gave it a proper funeral last night….lol.  I was not that fond of it, so it didn’t break my heart to dig it up.  Now I have a hole to plant something else in.  Charlene


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