Plant or Weed
gt128morris
August 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Can anyone help? I would like to know if this is a weed or plant or flower? If it is a plant or flier what type is it?
My ultimate question is should I get rid of it?
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lefty47
HI -- I say it's a plant but not sure what -- take this picture and a sample of the plant and go to a good garden center -- they will have some one there that can tell you . It's kind of pretty isn't it ?
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howellmsue
To me it looks like Ajuga. It is an actual plant, but is considered ground cover. It spreads quickly, if you like it keep it, I don't like mine, so I pull them. :)
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feeny
i agree it doesn't look like a weed, and people usually love having purple-leaved perennials in the garden for visual interest so I'd keep it regardless. It looks too tall for ajuga, however. It resembles my purple basil plant, but presumably you'd be able to smell if it was basil. But there are lots of possibilities.
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tesskerr
I think purple basil also.
0 Likes   August 3, 2013 at 2:10PM
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Jeanne McDermott
The old saying is if something is growing where you don't want it it's a weed!! I would actually dig it up, plant it in a pot and see what happens. Check around the neighborhood for others like yours - plants have a way of traveling around. I agree it has an Ajuga coloring but mine have never gotten that tall. Feeny's suggestion to rub leaves then smell makes good sense.
Let us know what you discover.
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lefty47
HI -- Just showed this to someone else and they say -- purple basil -- so I think it just might be.
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judianna20
Purple basil...(discard the pink flowers to keep the plant healthy) and cook with it. Fabulous and peppery.

Just used it in a tomato sauce. Yummy.

Melt 1 T olive oil, 1 T butter in a large skillet. Saute a small onion, a clove of garlic, some red pepper until soft and golden. Add a can of Cento crushed tomatoes complete and simmer 10 minutes. When ready to serve over cooked pasta, add slivered basil.

Top pasta and sauce with a scoop of ricotta cheese.
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LB Interiors
Not sure but it's really pretty :) Oh judyg, you're so smart!
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lefty47
HI -- OK judyg -- set another plate, I am coming for dinner !!
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LB Interiors
Add a second extra place setting for me too :)
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Linda
I have a couple of plants with that color leaves and they add great color to a garden. I have a "chocolate" Joe Pye weed which always gets lots of comments.
1 Like   August 3, 2013 at 5:26PM
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n247080
It looks like purple basil. Rub the leaves and see if you fingers are scented with a peppery smell.
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moonblue
It is a weed. One turned up in our yard ten years ago. We liked it, and we were happy the next year to see seedlings. This should have been a warning but we planted them in the front bed. They seeded like crazy, and despite our best efforts, some still come up each year. Get rid of it quickly.
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kathy
I pulled out the climbing rose at my front door a week or two after we moved in - it was a weed as fas as I was concerned!
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zennifer
Looks a lot like pigweed.
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MG Gardens
Looks like an Amaranth. Foliage is edible, and used as a salad green (or purple in this case). Will self seed readily. Image at this address: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/322653/#b
1 Like   August 3, 2013 at 9:24PM
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libunium
Take it to your local county extension service. Garden centers do not know everything.
0 Likes   August 4, 2013 at 11:24AM
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nasmijati
If you are in the USA, I agree with libunim that the County Extension Office of your state university will be able to identify this plant. You might try sending your photo to the Office by e-mail.

If you are not in the USA, go to your local plant nursery (not a national chain). Take a sample of the plant's stem, leaves, and any blossoms. The horticulturalist on staff should be able to identify your plant.
1 Like   August 4, 2013 at 11:34AM
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judianna20
Basil..., do what n24 suggested ad rub the leaf between your fingers. No mistaking the delicious smell.
0 Likes   August 10, 2013 at 10:55AM
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lefty47
HI -- This has become a very interesting problem , but after seeing all the comments ,I think this old saying applies ---- when in doubt , pull it out . --- If you didn't plant it , then nothing lost , right ?
1 Like   August 10, 2013 at 12:06PM
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gt128morris
Hello all,
Thank you so much for the comments, but I decided to pull it.
It actually had grown up to almost 4ft high!
1 Like   August 15, 2013 at 5:36PM
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gt128morris
Oh yes, and it was not basil.
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LB Interiors
Wow, how could you get rid of it? Wasn't it pretty? Maybe just in the wrong location LOL
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