I have this weed growing since last year in my vegetable patch. At first I thought it was a White Dead nettle but no flowers have come and the leaves are longer. It is starting to grow everywhere. It is joined by roots a little like the way mint develops but the stems are squared and hairy as well as the leaves. Would you have an idea what it is?
I actually think it is a plant called obedient plant. It blooms in late summer, so would not bud for a bit. It spreads by runners and, despite its name, can be pretty invasive - so some people consider it a weed. It is called obedient plant due to the notched nature of its stem. It allows you to push it in a direction and it will stay mostly leaning in that direction. Let me know if you think this may be it.
Admittedly, it has been very wet this year, but the Obedient plants in my garden suffer EACH year from some type of rust or brown areas on the leaves. The stalk droops and dies. I can find no insect on the leaves. Any suggestions?
Rust is a fungus.
Here is a link that explains this issue.
Have some obedient plants which I would like to share with my sisters. Deer in the area and they are having a feast on plants and shrubs. Not going after the obedient plants yet. Flowering at this time. Mid Sept.
Here is a link that will help you with sharing your Obedient plant.
Here are a couple of links that may help with your deer situation.
Do I cut down this plant in the fall?
According to my research, this is a very hardy plant. It is often considered over-bearing. You may cut, chop, and divide this plant as often as you would like.
Here is a link to a few articles on the plants care: https:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/obedient-plant/
I have an obedient plant which is very happy. Should I cut it down for the winter or leave it be?
The exact time of cutting back depends upon how quickly the plant grows and what time during the summer or fall a plant blooms.
Foliage that gradually goes dormant; cut to the ground when the leaves are yellow; some plants regrow new foliage later in the season.
IN LATE FALL HOW DO I PREPARE AN OBEDIENT PLANT FOR OVER WINTER
Wait until spring to cut back old foliage. Leave it on the plants to act as a protective winter mulch.