Northeast Gardening forum: Anyone here up for a ridiculously vague plant ID question?

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 29, 2013 4:57 PM CST
A friend of mine called me this morning wanting help for her sister who is trying to find a plant. She lives in upstate NY and says the stores always have this particular plant, but she can't find any now. The description was: "It's kind of tall and the flowers look like a dandelion that's gone to seed." Um, so how tall is "tall?" She didn't say. What color are the flowers? Oh, different colors. And she "thinks" it's an annual. Sigh. Anyone got any thoughts on a popular plant in that area that fits this vague description? Feel free to say "you're out of your mind." Hilarious!
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jun 30, 2013 9:42 PM CST
Allium Confused
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jul 1, 2013 7:57 AM CST
That does sound possible. Are there annual alliums?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 1, 2013 8:30 AM CST
Allium was my first thought also. I sent her a link to our DB entry, but haven't heard back yet. I was just wondering if anyone who lived in that general area might have some other ideas. From the sound of it, it would probably be something you'd see in the big box stores.
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luvsgrtdanes
Jul 1, 2013 4:01 PM CST
Maybe someone from NY will chime in. Just a guess from me. That would be something you'd buy in the big box stores for sure.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jul 1, 2013 9:09 PM CST
Really? I've never seen them around here. Thanks! That helps. Smiling
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 2, 2013 3:56 AM CST

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celosia?
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Onewish1
Jul 2, 2013 3:59 AM CST

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hey what's that ornamental grass with the funny head like that?
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Onewish1
Jul 2, 2013 3:59 AM CST

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pampas grass
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Jul 2, 2013 4:02 AM CST

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astible Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 2, 2013 9:48 AM CST
Hey, those are plumes, not puff-balls! Sheesh! Some people just can't be serious.... Whistling Hilarious!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 2, 2013 11:23 AM CST
plumes sound like astilbe. Our 'Fanal' has been in bloom.
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Jul 2, 2013 7:50 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 2, 2013 9:03 PM CST
Globe Amaranth, perhaps?

Strawflower?

Annual aster?

Centaurea?



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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 2, 2013 9:22 PM CST
...and one might not usually consider it tall, but maybe Ageratum?

African Marigold?


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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 3, 2013 2:44 AM CST

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strawflowers.. didn't think of that one
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 3, 2013 8:53 AM CST
Hey, globe amaranth sounds like a good possibility! Grump, still waiting to hear back, so it's obviously not a BIG deal. grump.
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Jul 3, 2013 4:38 PM CST

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fireweed?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jul 3, 2013 10:31 PM CST
Well, at this point, I have no idea. I'm still waiting to hear back from the person who asked me for suggestions in the first place. She was supposed to get me more details, but so far no word. So for now, I guess I'll just have to wait. But it's fun getting all these ideas! Thanks, all! Thumbs up
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 4, 2013 5:36 AM CST

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I agree

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