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onalee
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #8011848

Anyone know what this wildflower (weed?) is? It's about 3'-4' tall and multibranched at the top with small star shaped purple flowers - butterflies really like it ... Growing and blooming now in Central Florida.

thanks!!

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


August 1, 2010
5:33 PM

Post #8011875

Maybe Palafoxia callosa, Small Palafox.
onalee
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2010
5:38 PM

Post #8011889

These look more "Frilly" than the Small Palafox ... from the photos on here ... they're more full puffs rather than individual petals Here's a more close up of the flowers .. . . I should have gotten a photo of the leaves...but didn't

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


August 1, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8011913

This seemed to look a lot like your plant?

http://biology.missouristate.edu/Herbarium/Plants of the Interior Highlands/Flowers/Palafoxia callosa - N2.JPG
grik
Saint Paul, MN

August 1, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #8011915

It looks like spotted knapweed to me - pretty but invasive.
Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

It will be easy to tell if its vernonia by examining the leaves. In the first pictures it appears to me that there are some of those thin little leaves like you find on knapweed near the flowers.

This message was edited Aug 2, 2010 8:23 AM
meltonw
Mobile, AL

August 1, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #8011929

I would say Tall Ironweed, Vernonia angustifolia.

Mel
Riverland
Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2010
1:17 AM

Post #8012516

I agree with meltonw Ironweed
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeWildflowerData.asp?id=47

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 2, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #8012823

i agree...some kind of Vernonia. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=ironweed&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


August 2, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8014098

Metrosideros, I too thought this plant is a Palafoxia until I noticed that the bloom's calyx is different.

Note the difference when compared to my photo of a Palafoxia below.

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htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


August 2, 2010
5:11 PM

Post #8014177

Vernonia angustifolia ssp. mohrii is the one that it is native to Florida. I don't know if this is a Veronia or not.

Areas in Florida that have vouchers for this plant:
http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3272

This message was edited Aug 2, 2010 6:16 PM

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


August 3, 2010
6:52 AM

Post #8015161

Thank you, Htop!
onalee
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2010
7:26 PM

Post #8016873

Thanks everyone! I believe you've got it with the Tall Iron Weed , Vernonia angustifolia. I went today to get photos of the leaves, but I think that is it with the thin leaves and it's in Hernando County, which it is listed on the DB as recorded there.

Thanks again for all the effort!!! It's much appreciated!!

-Onalee

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