What plant is that?

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February 2015 mystery plant

February 2015 mystery plant fruit
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2015

The mystery plant for February
has been reported from
only two sites in RI.
This plant is a biennial with
elliptical-shaped, alternate leaves
which are 2-10 inches in length.
The margins of the leaves are not toothed. The stem is covered with tiny hairs.
The flowers are small (1/8” wide),
5-parted, white or blue in color and
consist of a short tube with
abruptly spreading limb. 
The fruit resembles a
small bur with prickles and
occurs in racemes
which are 4 to 12” long.
The fruit readily sticks to
clothing and to animals.
This plant stands 1-4 feet tall and
blooms in summer through fall.
It grows in dry, shaded woods.

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what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Anne Wagner