The contest to identify Meade's Mystery Pods over at Ann Althouses' blog. Down in the comments, Mead offers a prize for the first person to identify them to genus and species.
We grow them here. Well really, we mostly just thin them. After starting them 15 or 20 years ago, they self seed well enough that all we have to do is pluck them out of the places we don't want them.
Anyway, Mead offered a packet of their seeds, a $5 value! I wrote back and said we probably don't need their seeds, but Georgia told me later that if they're the short variety called "Sparkler" she'd be interested.
I probably wouldn't have put it together, except that Ann posted a picture of them in their garden a few weeks ago.