SOLVED: purple wildflower (weed?) central Florida

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

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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Keaau, HI

Maybe Palafoxia callosa, Small Palafox.

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

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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Saint Paul, MN

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.

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Mobile, AL

I would say Tall Ironweed, Vernonia angustifolia.

Mel

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

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

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

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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San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Keaau, HI

Thank you, Htop!

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

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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