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Last year I noticed 2 or 3 of these plants popping up in my garden. Since they didn't look like any weed that I know I left them to their own device thinking they could be some form of ornamental flower that had reseeded.

They didn't flower last year but I thought they might be bi-annuals because of their rosette of leaves.

This year in spring I've noticed that there are about 8-9 of them all over the garden. We're still in spring here (it's been a late, cold and wet spring) in zone 4b/5a in Canada. Their proliferation has me worried.

They seem to be evergreen or very fast growers because they were among the first plants to be seen after the snow melted. As you can see in the second picture, there are some bulbs showing and some pansies that somehow survived the winter but otherwise everything else is still in dormancy.

Anyone know what they might be?

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I think that you have Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria, although may now be Silene coronaria, since the taxonomists have been busy reclassifying every known plant). This is a perennial (and second-year-bloomer from seed), with showy flowers. It has the same fuzzy, opposite leaves as your photos, and also flowers from a basal rosette. The flowers are a bright magenta in the species, which is rather striking with the silver leaves.

Photo of rosette: https://fmanos.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/img_1707.jpg Photo of flowers: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/bc/49/c0bc49b72c0dd7f2f4a2b1144529c4bb.jpg

You'll know soon if I'm right - it should begin blooming within the next month.

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