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Weed or Perennial?

Tried posting on ask me anything thread but no replies. Can anyone identify this plant? Can't remember whether it's a perennial I transplanted last year or a fairly nice looking weed that has taken root. No flowering or buds yet and slow growing (hasn't increased in size much in 3 weeks)? Thanks!
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Is it a herb? Does it have any smell when you rub the leaves? Almost looks like a rosemary or greek oregano.
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Or if the leaves are fuzzy, hairy, could be a weed or wild plant, galium aparine, aka cleavers, sticky willy, velcro plant.
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Nope, no smell. Leaves are smooth with a little sheen. Any other ideas?
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is golden rod, not very desirable - I took a second look, not so sure now
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I can't tell either... but my go-to website for plant ID is this one: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/namegal You'll get an answer within a few hours, usually. But you need to say where you live to help with the identification, since they have people posting from all over the world.
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I have seen some weeds grown to a truly impressive size by people wanting to know what they would turn out to be. If you follow that method, don't let it go to seed or you (and your neighbours) will get to know it too well, haha.
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Looks like a weed of some kind. I'd pull it out :D
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resembles Rosemary but def not rosemary..id pull
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It looks like lavender or Bachelor's buttons. Wrt growing, if its lavender, its slow growing and you won't notice much difference in a few weeks. Bachelor's buttons grow quite quickly. Leave it in as its a bit too early for either one of these to be blooming just yet.
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Okay, thank you all! ;)
Ottawa Gardener the Gardenweb site suggested aster or goldenrod; when I look up pics of those though the leaves don't really match. I'll take a chance... stay tuned!
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Try burning it and see if it gives off a distinct smell :D
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it looks like french tarragon, but if the leaves don't have fantastic anise smell and flavour, it's not french tarragon.
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cocodc wrote: Okay, thank you all! ;)
Ottawa Gardener the Gardenweb site suggested aster or goldenrod; when I look up pics of those though the leaves don't really match. I'll take a chance... stay tuned!
I see that. I wonder if they meant Gray Goldenrod, which has a different leaves https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/f ... -goldenrod.

I'd be curious enough to wait to see how it flowers! Definitely report back if you do. It doesn't look like anything terribly invasive, given its upright and not spreading growth habit.
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Looks like some kind of ragweed. Could also be a wildflower of some type but I'd bet on it being a weed.

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