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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Can You Identify This Mystery Plant?


When I was at Lowe's, I passed the trees and was stunned by one  8 foot tree. Filling the pot was a low-growing plant, some sort of ground cover, it appears. None of the people who knew plants could identify it. The bare spaces are where the workers pulled a few plugs for me.
Does anyone know what this is? It is no more than four inches high. Most is two or three inches tall. It does not appear that it will become taller. In response to a question, it has no distinctive scent.
No other tree had this ground cover. The workers all warned me that it might take over, to be careful. Since there are only tiny oak seedling in the front yard and weeds, can this be bad? I doubt it.

UPDATE: Even though I think Wendy identified this in a comment below, if you have any thoughts, please add a comment. Thanks.  
Your turn
Any guesses? Any suggestions?


  1. Does it have a scent when you crush the leaves? Sometimes the smell can help identify things. I thought at first that it looked like my Lemon Balm but the leaves on yours are less serrated than my LB.


  2. Barb,
    No, no distinct scent prevails. All the people at Lowe's did the same thing--crushed a leaf and smelled it. I know nothing about lemon balm, but that lemon scent was what I was hoping for when I crushed a leaf.

    Thanks, all guesses or hints will be welcome.

  3. Looks kind of like Creeping Dogwood

  4. Mamma Bear,
    Thanks! It looks like you have correctly identified it, also called bunchberry dogwood. Thanks. It appears it is not native to this area of the country.

    I brought lots home, so I could see the marks on the leaves. You can see what I mean if you enlarge the picture here:

    Now, does anyone know if it invasive? Will I regret trying to grow what I brought home?

    1. It gives me a lot of grief here in my garden. It loves hiding under and between my plants zapping the nutrients from the ground. Hopefully my wood chips will take care of the problem.

    2. Mamma Bear,
      Thanks for that important tidbit of information. Maybe this pretty little plant is not for me.

      If anyone has anything positive as far as use, I am still listening.

  5. Bunchberry grows in dark shaded areas of the woods here. I tried to transplant some under the lilacs in the perennial bed, but it wouldn't take in the heat last summer. I don't think it should invade your yard because it's so warm there.

    1. Wendy,
      Thanks. You are probably correct. I may not even try, even though the tiny plants are still living in the plastic bag with all their roots and dirt. I looked at the map and it is not even anywhere close to the South. Thanks for that perspective.


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