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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day listening to the murmur of the water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

~  Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

~ Gerard De Nerval, writer and poet (1808-1855)

Can you help me identify this plant? It voluntarily sprang up in a garden in southwestern Washington State, dies down in the winter, then comes back every year in the spring. Maybe an herb? Maybe a weed? Maybe  an alien life form? Please post answers in the comments for this post. Thank you!
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid