SOLVED: an aster? or something else?

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

just went to lowes for soil and they had a table full of these plants marked perennials, nothing else. i know nothing about asters, but the flower looks like an aster to me. the leaf almost looks like ruellia, but unless they've come out with a new one, i doubt that's it. i'm posting three pictures. TIA! debi

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mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

leaves

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mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

flower. doesn't seem to be much of an eye to it.

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Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

The leaf looks like Coreopsis, but the flower doesn't. Maybe a type of daisy.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

It looks like an aster to me but which one is anyone's guess.

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Looks like stoke's aster to me:
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/58418/index.html

Debbie

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I'd say that's a kick in. There are many of the purple cultivars that look similar, you could always ask them if they knew what ones they carried.LOL

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

LOL, oh yeah, like they know.

i'd say dmj got it. i just google imaged stoke's aster and got a perfect match and found a cool new website on florida friendly plants-so, thanks much, and everyone who took the time to look! debi

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

Ya mean the people at those stores don't know about the plants they sell? How can that be???? LOL

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I bought a bunch of "?" marked dahlias from a greenhouse this spring and went back later to see if they might have a guess of what they grew to narrow it down and they said " those were from 2 years ago - who knows anymore" LOL

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

hah, they wouldn't have known if they were from two minutes ago.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Don't worry, I told them know one is going to buy ? dahlias - I'll buy some for 1/2 off. They agreed.

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

Al...now THAT'S the way to do it !!!!

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