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.

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Dried seed capsules

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Spring growth on woody stem

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Leaves and budding inflorescence

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Leaf arrangement and expanding inflorescence growth

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Plant beginning to bloom

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Closer view of plant beginning to bloom

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Inflorescence


 

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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