Do you know what his wild perennial is?

Zone is 8a, central Europe. Photo taken mid-May. Removed from the ground because of fence construction. Is it worth transplanting?

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    Quite a lot of weeds or wildflowers look like this, but it might be Rosebay Willowherb, a rather attractive flowering plant that unfortunately produces lots of seed which germinates freely, so not desirable in most gardens. Need to wait for flowers really to be sure
    – Bamboo
    May 15, 2018 at 15:12
  • Does the foliage, when crushed, smell like aniseseed or licorice?
    – Jurp
    May 16, 2018 at 2:56
  • @Jurp Almost no smell, nothing like licorice etc.
    – VividD
    May 16, 2018 at 12:33
  • Thanks, VividD; I was thinking it looked like a New England Aster, which would've been weird given your location. Looks like we have to wait for the flowers, like Bamboo said.
    – Jurp
    May 16, 2018 at 13:19
  • It seems Solidago canadensis, so a very invasive plant. The flowers could be nice, but you should choose your garden or him. But attachment of leaves are more like lettuce.Google and try to remember if you saw something like them. May 16, 2018 at 14:22

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I'm making my comment an answer - Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (syn. Aster novae-angliae). We really needed to see the flowers on this one, though.


Google images thinks one of your photos looks like "large-flowered evening primrose".

Ref: large-flowered evening primrose

  • Disagree: evening primroses don’t have leaves that wrap around the main stem. And the leaves seem a tad too narrow.
    – Stephie
    May 16, 2018 at 20:57

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