Yes, this post is going to be on this ugly, weed-looking plant. But it's not a weed. In fact, I'm quite certain it is a flowering perennial that I planted on purpose. But what kind of perennial is it?
not a weed
The facts, as I recall them (which may or may not be true facts due to my terrible memory): I winter sowed these seeds last winter. (Or maybe I started them from seed indoors?) Anyways, in spring I planted several of the little plants in a partly sunny spot, sure that I would remember what they were, and then (of course) promptly forgot their name.
looks sort of like a salad?
Unfortunately, they never flowered this past year, which I was counting on so that I could figure out what they were.
Any ideas from any of you wise gardening sleuths out there?
This is yet another reason why I have a gardening blog....
*UPDATE: Jenny aka Lancashire Rose solved the mystery! I did indeed winter sow some seeds for Gulf Coast Penstemon last year. Now I can look forward to some pretty purple flowers this year. Thank you, Jenny!!!