fuzzy mystery plant

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  1. ruby

    ruby New Seed

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    I recently moved to south central Oregon and found lots of interesting things in my horribly neglected yard.

    One is a plant about 2 feet tall (right now July 1).
    It has light green, fuzzy, oblong leaves with rounded tips that all seem to grow out of the center, at the base, the leaves are pretty long (maybe 6-7"). They have formed taller stalks from the center and have bloomed. The flower is a bright pink (fustia) about 1 1/2" across with 5 petals that are not completely separated from each other.

    They seem to be very prolific and look as if they spread with ease. I'm grateful for any help.
     
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  3. ruby

    ruby New Seed

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    I have a photo now!
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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    It's a Lychnis of some kind, maybe L. coronaria. We call them "Burning Love" in Norwegian.
     
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    Wow, thanks droopy, that was quick, and what a fun name, I'll tell my husband we have "burning love in the front yard"!
     



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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    I hope he looks outside before calling the authorities. :D
     
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    Me too!!!
     
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    EJ Allotmenteer Extraordinaire

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    Ooo, I have that in my garden. Burning love huh, like it!
     
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    So pretty!
     
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    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    Wish I had some 'burning love' in my flower bed!! It is very pretty.
     
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    Thanks! It is pretty huh?! And to think that I didn't know if it was a weed or what! I'm glad Droopy knew what it was and that I didn't yank 'em all before they bloomed!
    If anyone decides to grow it, you'll be glad to know that it must be very hardy because, according to my new neighbors here in Oregon, this yard has been ignored for years. It must have been waiting for me to come along to appreciate it!
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I like the name Burning Love! I know them here as Rose Campion. :) I think I like Droopy's name better! LOL
     
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    After Droopy clued me in, I did some research and found that name as well. But I'm with you... if the rest of you are like me, I get all excted finding something new in the yard, so to find out it's "burning love"... WAY COOL!!!!
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    That was an interesting comment, Droopy. We call a different Lychnis (the chalcedonica), the "burning love" in dutch.
    This one that Ruby showed is indeed the coronaria.
    This forum is always coming up with interesting stuff.
     
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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    I looked it up, and it's a short lived perennial, sometimes biennial, but is good at self-seeding. Sjoerd, I call all red and hot pink Lychnis "Burning Love" but I might be mistaken about them. I don't grow any myself, but I think I'll check for the L. coronaria. It's got lovely foliage.
     
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    Sjoerd is correct... this has been very interesting. Thanks. I truly am a gardening rooky but I can verify the self-seeding Droopy spoke of because I have tiny little "burning love" popping up all over my front yard.
     

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