Let's go back to the other new plant. I now don't feel so bad that I don't know what it is. It also has a couple of real botanists stumped.
However, it may be a garden escape, or something more southern. So... YOU might recognize it. I have no clue what the blossoms looked like. These are the seed pods.
Here's one opened up with the seed showing.
The plant is about five feet tall with multiple spikes.
See the smooth upper leaves near the seed pods. Well, now look at the lower leaves. They are completely different!
I've eliminated a lot of plant families due to the growth form, leaf arrangement, etc, etc, but it ends up looking to me like an Echinops that grew into a Lobelia and tried to be a Triosteum. Not an option.
All comments welcome. If I don't think your guess is right I'll try to tell you why. We may both learn something.
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