Mystery plant 042

This shrub can be found in eastern, southern and midwestern states in the U.S.  It enjoys shady environments with well-drained moist soils.  When you can identify this plant, leave a comment with its common name and scientific name.


Dried seed capsules


Spring growth on woody stem


Leaves and budding inflorescence


Leaf arrangement and expanding inflorescence growth


Plant beginning to bloom


Closer view of plant beginning to bloom




ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

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5 Responses to Mystery plant 042

  1. Morghan MacGregor says:

    I think it might be Viburnum lantanoides aka Hobblebush.

  2. Andrew says:

    It looks like a wild hydrangea to me.

  3. Sarah says:

    It is a wild hydrangea. The scientific name is hydrangea arborescens. I recognized the leaves because of the two hydrangea bushes in my backyard.

  4. Tony ward says:

    Wild hydrangea. Hydrangea arborescens

  5. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Wild hydrangea — with the scientific name of Hydrangea arborescens. The dried seed capsules capture my attention during the winter. And they stay on the plant even through the next growing season.

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