Please help me identify this plant. I live in west-central Maryland. These guys are growing in a full sun area. It is about 3' high, stalky, has leafy long, slender, point leaves. We planted a mixed bag of annual seeds last year in April that were aimed at attracting butterflies, so I'm not sure if I should cut them or leave them. They came up only a couple months ago. Anyone know if these are weeds?
Sure looks like goldenrod to me considering the leaf structure, dispersion of the leaves, and the fact that it looks like it may have spread from rhizomes
They grow well in most parts of Maryland. They are easy to start from scattered seed, and also attract butterflies. If they did come from your seed packet, they could still be mixed in with annual seeds even if they are perennials. They could also have easily grown as weeds.
You may just have to wait for some sort of flower to appear to decide whether you want to keep them or not; I don't know what they are currently, but bear in mind that 'wild flowers' often means 'weeds' in fact. The definition of a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place, but opportunistic weeds are also wild flowers in the sense they grow all by themselves wherever they choose without any human assistance. They may not be ones you want for various reasons, but they are still wild flowers. I'd like to see another pic when a flower does arrive though!