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.
This seemed to look a lot like your plant?
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
I agree with meltonw Ironweed
i agree...some kind of Vernonia. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher%5Bcommon%5D=ironweed&searcher%5Bfamily%5D=&searcher%5Bgenus%5D=&searcher%5Bspecies%5D=&searcher%5Bcultivar%5D=&searcher%5Bhybridizer%5D=&searcher%5Bgrex%5D=&search_prefs%5Bblank_cultivar%5D=&search_prefs%5Bsort_by%5D=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search
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:
This message was edited Aug 2, 2010 6:16 PM
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!!