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This plant has started growing in my bougainvillea and there's some debate going on in the house whether it is a weed, or part of the bougainvillea, perhaps the male part. I'm unable to find any pictures of bougainvillea's that have this in them.

Plant in question:

Questionable plant

Bougainvillea:

Bougainvillea

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It looks like a mint or a very closely related labitae. Even the flower spike looks like mint. Is the stem squarish?

In any case it is certainly not part of your bougainvillea.

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After some further research, and with the help of @Escoce's and @Bamboo's answers, I believe this is a Sweet Almond Bush.

  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Genus: Aloysia
  • Species: Virgata

Sweet Almond Bush

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Agree with @Escoce's answer, point given, but note also there is no separate 'male part' in Bougainvillea, the flowers contain both male and female components, although they are not self fertile. This is definitely a separate plant growing behind and through your Bougainvillea.

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