I bought this shrub at Aldi back in the spring. It was just a rootball with a small branch. The label said it was a blueberry, but now that it has leaves, it doesn't look like a blueberry plant. What kind of plant is it?

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  • Brenn's ID is the correct one - its definitely one of the Persicarias/Polygonums, and not Loosestrife.
    – Bamboo
    Sep 20, 2016 at 0:38
  • And I agree, good job Brenn!! Someone else had an ID that was Polygonum and I thought, hummm. Not afraid to make mistakes!!
    – stormy
    Sep 21, 2016 at 2:10

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Sorry to chime in with a bit of bad news but this is Smartweed, (Persicaria aka Polygunum)... a weed. It could be Persicaria lapathifolia, Polygonum pensylvanicum or one of many other similar species. Too hard to tell from the included images.

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  • Yeah this looks a lot closer, though healthier. I went ahead and pulled it and put it in the compost pile. Sep 20, 2016 at 13:33

This looks like GooseGooseneck LoosestrifeNeck Loosestrife. This is an incredible plant, beautiful high groundcover (1-2'). I love this plant if indeed this plant is Lysimachia clethroides. Poor thing. I would dig this up this late fall and transplant to a pot with potting soil or another place in your yard with a bit more shade. One of my all time favorite plants! Needs a little fertilizer (lower N than P and K), I'd cut off those stems down to a foot or right above a healthy set of leaves.

  • It definitely looks like the pictures, thanks! Sep 12, 2016 at 13:52
  • Sorry, bg!! I do make mistakes but I also know that when I do someone else on this site will definitely check it out to make sure. Grins!!
    – stormy
    Sep 21, 2016 at 2:12

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