growing in yard, all brown after recent ice storm and wondering what it is and is it dead?
I guess you have me stumped on this one. I’m not even sure from the image if it is a woody shrub or just a big perennial. The silvery leaves remind me of Elaeagnus, or Autumn olive, but I don’t think that one is likely to die there – it is tough. Also, if it is a shrub, it easily could be dead – but I have seen similar plants re-sprout from the roots in the spring, so don’t lose hope. I would just leave it as it is and wait a few months and see what happens. If it does get new leaves, feel free to send another picture of the living leaves or flowers.
In the meantime, I welcome other opinions on what this is!
–Steve Hill, Ph.D. SCNPS